The use of diode laser in adult ENT procesures
Objectives: To report our experience in the use of a fibre-delivered diode laser in a variety of ENT pathologies in adults.
Methods: Retrospective study reviewing 40 diode laser procedures performed on 30 adult patients. The procedures were performed on the ear,
nose and larynx. Follow-up after the procedure ranged from 1 year to 4 years.
Results: 56% of patients were cured of their initial pathologies after treatment with diode laser. 3 patients will be receiving repeat laser treatments (2 patients with hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia and 1 patient with choanal atresia). The remaining 8/30 (26.6%) had to undergo further treatment for the initial pathology or a different pathology. There were no laser related intraoperative or postoperative complications.
Conclusions: The diode laser is a good tool for several ENT pathologies. The ability to guide the laser light using a flexible glass fibre directly onto the area requiring vaporisation enables extremely precise treatment.