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CO2laser repair of permanent tracheostomy stricture

Authors
Journal
Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
0194-5998
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Volume
117
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0194-5998(97)70186-4
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract We present our experience in treating postlaryngectomy patients with respiratory disturbance caused by stricture of the permanent stoma by CO 2 laser surgery. Laser surgery is a simple procedure that can be performed with the patient under local anesthesia without bleeding and with minimal damage to the adjacent strictures resulting in a minimal postoperative edema and contracture. In our opinion the CO 2 laser is a useful surgical tool for enlargement of the airway lumen and for improvement of respiratory disturbance in postlaryngectomy patients with stomal stricture, and this procedure should be considered for treatment of selected patients. (Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1997;117:276-9.)

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