About 234 million major surgeries are performed worldwide each year. For
someone like British singing icon Adele, who had to undergo vocal cord
surgery to save her voice, the decision to have laser surgery versus another
surgical method may have had a huge impact on her future career, and her life.
When treating sensitive conditions such as vocal cord surgery, neurosurgery
of the brain and spinal cord, and
endometriosis, the key to success is the ability for skilled surgeons to have increased
precision and control as well as access to hard-to-reach areas of the body.
Thanks to generous community donations,
St. Joseph Hospital, Eureka, has purchased a cutting-edge C02 (carbon dioxide) laser that will be
used by specialists to treat these types of sensitive conditions. Learn
more about this advanced technology below from
Gregory Barkdull, MD, an ear, nose and throat specialist with
St. Joseph Health Medical Group.
What is an UltraPulse Duo laser?
This is an advanced computer-controlled system that uses a robotic arm
to deliver carbon dioxide laser energy to the surgical site. It generates
a continuous series of short-period, high-peak-power pulses, which results
in destroying the targeted tissue area with minimal injury to surrounding tissues.
Using this new carbon dioxide laser system, skilled surgeons are able to
provide even more efficient, precise treatment to the affected tissue
area, while minimizing injury to surrounding tissues.
“This laser is also able to travel down glass fibers to access cancers
around corners and in locations that previously were inaccessible with
a traditional microscope mounted beam,” Dr. Barkdull explains. “Its
incredible precision allows us to remove cancers while limiting injury
to adjacent healthy tissues, with the goal of minimizing side effects.”