The use of CO2 laser in laryngeal cancer surgery
Magdalena Marków 1  
,   Łukasz Sańpruch 2  
,   Patrycja Sańpruch 2  
,   Wojciech` Domka 3  
,   Paweł Sowa 4  
,   Maciej Misiołek 4  
 
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Clinical Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Langological Oncology, Specialistic Hospital in Zabrze
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Platinum Dent, Kielce
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Clinical Department of Otolaryngology, Clinical Hospital in Rzeszów
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Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Oncological Laryngology, School of Medicine with the Division Dentisty in Zabrze, Medical University of Silesia in Katowice
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Magdalena Marków   

Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Laryngological Oncology in Zabrze, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland, Wolności 372/1, 41-800 Zabrze, Polska
 
Ann. Acad. Med. Siles. 2018;72:90–94
 
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Lasers have now become a common tool used in human lives. They have found their application in numerous, unrelated disciplines. Implemented commonly in medicine, in laryngological practice it has become a tool used primarily in endoscopic laryngeal microsurgery. The CO2 laser is most commonly used in laryngeal microsurgery. In some cases the outcome of laser therapies is comparable to that achieved by means of traditional procedures – partial surgery through laryngofissure and radiotherapy. As a proved non-invasive method with a small number of complications, it has become elective surgery in stages T1 and T2 of laryngeal cancer. The benefits effecting from the use of a CO2 laser also include shorter hospitalization, quicker recovery, lower costs and no need for a tracheotomy or feeding tube. Such a method is far better accepted by the patients, which contributes to an improved mental condition and healing. If unsuccessful, the therapy may be combined with radiotherapy or external access surgery with a well-preserved anatomy.
 
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