Minimally Invasive Laser Surgery
Today is which is a good date to deal with important surgery issues...The rapid development of medical devices employing minimally invasive technologies has revolutionized modern health care.
Diseases that once required invasive surgery for treatment (and even diagnosis) are now routinely addressed on an outpatient basis. The result has been a reduction in health care costs and an increase in patient safety. In addition, many diseases can now be diagnosed much earlier, resulting in more effective treatment.
The population of the US is aging. They remain more active and place greater demands on their musculoskeletal system. A key problem is that pain and disability of age related spinal disorders will increase. Problems such as Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis, Degenerative Disk Disease, Spinal Stenosis and Degenerative Scoliosis are age related problems that are treated with spinal fusion when non-operative treatment fails.
Traditional open surgery poses significant risk for patients in this age group. The use of minimally invasive spinal surgery techniques provides an opportunity to treat these patients with less morbidity than traditional open surgery.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Weight loss and body contouring are large, constantly-growing fields of cosmetic surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, more than 324,000 liposuction procedures, 233,000 eyelid surgeries and 114,000 facelift procedures were performed in 2004 in the United States alone. However, while the demand for body shaping procedures is constantly on the rise, so is the demand for such procedures to be performed more quickly, simply and most importantly, less invasively.
Cosmetic surgery patients are no longer satisfied with procedures that require general anesthesia, pose a multitude of potentially serious risks and complications and that require several weeks of recovery time. Hence the growing popularity of non- to minimally-invasive cosmetic surgery procedures. In 2005, more than 7.5 million minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures were performed, a 35% increase from 2000.
Consequently, patients and physicians alike are continually searching for non-invasive alternatives to traditional cosmetic procedures such as liposuction that are efficient, safe and effective.
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Office-based Laryngeal Laser Surgery
Office-based laryngeal laser surgery was created recently and is emerging as a reliable and practical method of treating a number of laryngeal lesions. This style of minimally invasive surgery is becoming increasingly popular in the United States and abroad.
RECENT FINDINGS: Fiber-based lasers and distal-chip flexible endoscopy have facilitated a new style of surgery. Epithelial diseases such as dysplasia and papillomatosis are well suited for treatment. Although the initial angiolytic laser used was a 585-nm pulsed-dye laser, the 532-nm pulsed-potassium-titanyl-phosphate laser has been demonstrated to be more effective. The 2013-nm Thulium laser shows promise as an office-based laser that simulates the properties of the carbon dioxide laser.
SUMMARY: Evolving technologies to enhance laryngoscopic imaging and lasers along with socioeconomic forces should lead to increasing numbers of laryngeal procedures being performed in the office with local anesthesia.
Surgery or Noninvasive Therapy for Varicose Veins
For more than 100 years, surgery has been the standard of care of varicose veins of the legs. The down side of surgery is that it requires anesthesia, leaves scars, and has a relatively high recurrence rate in the long term (up to 40%). In the last decade, several new techniques have become available but they have not yet been compared to surgery.
This trail will evaluate the effectiveness, patients` perspective and cost effectiveness of surgery and non-invasive techniques such as ultrasound guided sclerocompression therapy and endovenous laser therapy.