Recent data shows that approximately 50 million surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year. If nationwide health trends don’t drastically improve soon, experts posit that this number will continue to increase. While doctors may be struggling to keep up with demand, one relatively recent invention has dramatically improved both the length of time it takes to complete surgery and also reduce error, and that is surgical lasers.
What Are Surgical Lasers?
Surgical lasers are a medical instrument that utilizes an intense beam of light for surgical procedures, such as cutting and suturing, instead of traditional tools such as sharp blades or scalpels. LASER actually stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation, and it was invented in 1960. Laser beams can be programmed to perform different kinds of tasks, and can be set to beam a continuous stream of light or an intermittent blinking, depending on the procedure being performed.
What Are Surgical Lasers Used For?
Laser usage in surgery is continually changing and evolving, and thanks to medical advancements they are providing more accuracy in a greater number of surgical procedures than ever before.
- Skin Condition Treatment: Lasers can be used to remove warts, moles and skin tags. They can also remove scars and birthmarks, and can even reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A series of laser treatments can be used for tattoo removal.
- Tumor Removal: Lasers can shrink or eliminate a number of different types of tumors.
- Sealing: Lasers can be used to seal many different things during surgery. They can seal nerve endings to help reduce or eliminate pain. They can also seal small blood vessels and skin.
Benefits of Laser Surgery
There are a number of benefits to laser surgery. Lasers are efficient, they are high performing. They are incredibly accurate, and there is limited room for human error. They are hygienic. As long as they are properly cleaned and maintained, there is less risk of infection than traditional surgery. They are also minimally invasive, which can result in shorter recovery time.