The 55 Watt Lasersonic laser is used in several surgical specialties. The CO2 Laser is used with a handpiece, surgical laparoscope or with attachments for an operating microscope. Many minimally invasive intra-abdominal procedures and microscopic surgical approaches benefit from this technology. It's versatility additionally includes dermatologic removal of benign skin lesions and ENT applications such as treatment of vocal cord polyps/lesions and selected ear surgeries.
The 100 watt Holmium Laser is used in surgical procedures requiring incision and vaporization of soft tissue or for the fragmentation of urinary stones located in the bladder, ureter, and ureteropelvic junction of the kidney. Holmium Laser Ablation of the Prostate (HoLAP) is a new procedure for treating Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy (BPH). With this application, larger prostates are safely and effectively treated with immediate relief of symptoms and fewer side effects, than with traditional methods.
Ophthalmic Lasers: Argon and EyeLite 532 :
These lasers are designed to treat several ocular diseases of the eye. They are well suited for ophthalmic surgery because of the minimal effect on transparent tissues, delivering laser energy through the cornea, lens, and vitreous humor to the opaque structures of the eye. This allows many conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachments, and senile macular degeneration.
V-Beam Pulsed Dye Laser:
This laser selectively treats plantar warts without adversely affecting the surrounding skin. The laser energy is absorbed by the pigment in the small blood vessels supplying the wart, causing the vessels to clot and leading to the destruction of the wart. The V-Beam laser has a cooling device that applies liquid nitrogen to the skin just prior to each laser pulse, allowing for increased patient comfort and more effective treatment. The Davison Laser Center, working with area podiatrists, has a yearly contract with an outside rental company to provide laser treatment of plantar warts. This laser comes to Elliot Hospital on a monthly basis.