Lasers in the treatment of women's diseases :
Greatest laser advancements in the field of surgery:
One of the greatest laser advancements in the field of surgery in the second half of this century has been the advent of the use of lasers. Lasers have made a most remarkable improvement over other means of surgery, making things so much easier for treating women's diseases with advanced laser surgery
Laser therapy is generally getting widely accepted as an alternative to conventional surgery. This also includes its increasing usage in the treatment of women's diseases such as warts in the perineal area, early cancerous lesions of the vulva, vagina and cervix, pathologies of the uterine lining, the uterus and so much more.
Successfully treating women's diseases with advanced laser surgery of the lower abdomen and genital tract:
Lasers such as the CO2 , thulium and others are being used to successfully treat diseases of the lower abdomen and genital tract. The CO2 laser has a great capacity for precision, cleaner incisions and faster healing. This confers a host of benefits over traditional surgery by reducing invasiveness, reducing blood loss, lessening the chances of infection and reducing damages to healthy surrounding tissue. Morbidity and recovery time are reduced and there are lesser complications.
In fact, along with a colposcope (an instrument used to examine the vagina and cervix) the CO2 laser is treatment of choice in treating dysplasia or early cancerous changes of the vulva, vagina and cervix with least damage to surrounding healthy tissues. It is ideal for treating cervical intraepithelial neoplasia or CIN by ablation of the diseased cells instead of excision with a surgical knife. What makes this an ideal treatment is that it is an outpatient procedure not requiring admission into hospital. It is very accurate having very good clinical effectiveness along with no loss of blood and minimal side effects. In similar fashion, it is also the ideal choice of treatment for dysplasia of the vulva and vagina.
Along with the colposcope vaginal, vulvar and anal warts, cysts and abscesses can be treated successfully with lasers. Vaginal endometriosis, condylomas, polyps, fistulas and precancerous endoanal or lower genital tract lesions can also be treated.
Lasers can also be used for surgeries in the lower abdomen along with a laparoscope (a slender, lighted telescope that is passed into the abdomen through a tiny incision). The laser can be passed through the laparoscope for the intended surgery. The advantage is that the depth of penetration into tissues can be controlled and damage to surrounding important structures such as the bladder, ureter or intestines is totally avoided.
Lasers in treating endometriosis:
Lasers are used this way to ablate areas affected by endometriosis with minimal damages to other tissues. They are also used to dissolve pelvic adhesions from previous infections or surgeries or endometriosis. Operations on the fallopian tubes are also much easier. Hysterectomy, removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes can also be carried out. In the excision of uterine and ovarian fibroids lasers outdo all other forms of surgery with much less bleeding and other complications.
Treating intra-uterine women's diseases with advanced laser surgery:
Along with a hysteroscope (a thin lighted tube passed inside through the vagina) lasers are recommended for many intra-uterine surgeries such as the removal of polyps, myxomas, endometrial ablation, lysis of adhesions and corrections of uterine malformations, such as septate uterus.
Advantages of laser surgeries:
The advantages of laser surgeries are many, such as no loss of blood, high degree of effectiveness, early recovery, and lesser complications. The only disadvantages may be the high costs.