How are lasers and energy-based devices used in obstetrics/gynecology?
Lasers and energy-based devices are used for treatment of obstetric and gynecological conditions such as:
- Pre-cancerous conditions of the cervix
- Genital warts
- Fibroid tumors
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Ectopic pregnancy, and complications in higher-order pregnancies
- Urinary Incontinence
Lasers most commonly used are: neodymium: yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG), potassium-titanyl-phosphate (KTP), argon, and CO2.
Benefits of lasers and energy-based devices in obstetrics/gynecology
- Limits tissue damage
- Reduces bleeding
- Promotes rapid healing
- Minimal scar formation
- Outpatient methodology
- Microscopic precision
Recent advances in lasers and energy-based devices in obstetrics/gynecology
Advancements have been made in the treatment of vulvovaginal disorders with lasers. With estrogen decline after menopause, women may experience uncomfortable, even painful, symptoms of vaginal atrophy, including thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls. Treatments using a CO2 laser have been shown to stimulate regeneration of collagen in the tissue, helping increase moisture and elasticity to the area.