Laser/Light Applications in Gynecology

  • Cornelia de Riese
  • Roger Yandell


The use of CO2 laser in the treatment of uterine cervical intraepithelial lesions is well established and indications, as well as techniques, have changed very little for over 30 years. The Cochrane Systematic Review from 2000 suggests no obviously superior technique. CO2 laser ablation of the vagina is also established as a safe treatment modality for VAIN (Vaginal Intraepithelial Neoplasia), and has been used extensively in the treatment of VIN (Vulvar Intraepithelial Neoplasia) and lower genital tract condylomata acuminata. CO2 laser permits treatment of lesions with excellent cosmetic and functional results. The treatment of heavy menstrual bleeding by destruction of the endometrial lining using various techniques, including Nd:YAG laser ablation, has been the subject of a 2002 Cochran Database Review. Among the compared treatment modalities are modified laser techniques. The conclusion by reviewers is that outcomes and complication profiles of newer techniques compare favorably with the gold standard of endometrial resection. Myoma coagulation or myolysis with Nd:YAG laser through the laparoscope or hysteroscope is a conservative treatment option for women who wish to preserve their child bearing potential.


Human Papilloma Virus Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia Bacterial Vaginosis Human Papilloma Virus Infection Human Papilloma Virus Type 
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  1. 1.Obstetrics and GynecologyTexas Tech University Health Sciences CenterLubbockUSA

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