Lasers used in surgery for otolaryngology issues, such as head and throat cancer, have revolutionized treatment. Terry Baker, MD, is a skilled head and neck surgeon who performs laser and endoscopic surgery for issues of the ear, nose, and throat for patients in and around Idaho Falls, Idaho. Call his office to learn more about this state-of-the-art treatment.
Endoscopy can be used to examine the interior surfaces of your head, neck, nasal passages, and ears. It’s minimally invasive and consists of a thin, rigid tube equipped with fiberoptic cables to emit light. The endoscope is attached to a light source and video camera so Dr. Baker can see the target areas more clearly on a video screen.
A very thin endoscope easily passes through your nasal passages, into your ear, or down your throat. How the endoscope is used depends on your condition. The endoscope may be used to diagnose a condition or as part of a surgical procedure.
Otolaryngological surgeons, like Dr. Baker, use CO₂ lasers. These lasers emit a heat energy that has a high degree of precision when it comes to cutting through tissue. The energy causes target tissue to burst and coagulate, meaning you don’t need stitches and have minimal blood loss. The use of lasers has revolutionized the way ear, nose, and throat surgeries are performed.
The combination of laser and endoscopic surgery is extremely effective. The endoscope provides Dr. Bake a clear image of the surgical site so he can use the laser to repair or remove tissue.
Laser and endoscopic surgery are minimally invasive, so it requires less blood loss and smaller incisions than conventional open surgery. The surgeries typically take less time and have fewer complications. Your recovery is faster, meaning less time in the hospital and a lower cost.
The procedures are highly precise and suitable for a wide range of treatments to address diseases of the ear, nose, and throat.
A number of ear, nose, and throat conditions can benefit from laser and endoscopic surgery. These include:
When you’re first diagnosed with any of these concerns, less invasive methods of treatment are usually tried. If they fail to offer relief or resolution, laser or endoscopic surgery may be recommended.
Call the office of Terry Baker, MD, to learn more about revolutionary laser and endoscopic surgeries and how you can benefit.