Laser Surgery

Laser surgery is sometimes used to destroy cervical cancer cells.  Its high-energy light beam can target and cut out abnormal cells from the skin of the cervix with high precision.  Laser surgery is used as a treatment for pre-invasive cervical cancer only.  A laser may also be used as a cutting instrument in laparoscopic surgery.

Because lasers are expensive, they are usually used in a hospital.  Other techniques for treating abnormal cervical cells, includingLEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) and cryotherapy may be performed in the office.

References

  1. American Cancer Society. Learn about cancer: Overview: Cervical Cancer. Treatment. How is cancer of the cervix treated? 2006. www.cancer.org
  2. Parker WH. A Gynecologist’s Second Opinion. 2003; A Plume Book; Published by the Penguin Group, New York, NY.
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