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laser therapy

Any medical use of lasers for purposes designed to improve the state of patients. Laser therapy includes simple bloodless tissue cutting; destroying or sealing unwanted blood vessels; tumour destruction; unblocking obstructed FALLOPIAN TUBES to restore fertility; removal of tattoos and birthmarks; removal of atherosclerotic plaque and thrombosis inside arteries so as to restore patency; removal of prostate gland tissue causing outflow obstruction; precision corneal curvature adjustment to correct refractive errors; treatment of glaucoma by opening eye aqueous drainage channels (see LASER TRABECULOPLASTY); destroying peripheral parts of the retina so as to allow regression of dangerously fragile new blood vessels in DIABETIC RETINOPATHY; and attempting to promote healing in sprains, inflamed tendons and painful joints. See also LASER.


a device which generates an extremely intense, small and nearly nondivergent beam of monochromatic radiation in the visible region, with all the waves in phase; capable of mobilizing immense heat and power when focused at close range, it is used as a tool in surgery, in diagnosis, and in physiological studies. Laser is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.
Used also as a modern version of acupuncture and considered to be the biggest breakthrough in that technology for 5000 years. It provides a quick, painless and noninvasive method of point stimulation.

argon laser
used in ophthalmic surgery and in photodynamic surgery of the skin.
carbon dioxide laser
used in microsurgery and ophthalmic procedures.
low-energy laser therapy
used for wound healing and pain relief; includes visible red helium-neon lasers, invisible infrared gallium-arsenide lasers and gallium-aluminum-arsenid lasers.
laser therapy
in acupuncture the application of low intensity laser to acupuncture points.
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Low level laser therapy device can be applied for burns, keloids, postsurgical pains and is useful to accelerate wound healing, to reduce inflammation and infection and to increase the life of skin grafts.
Anne Penman's exclusive treatment combines laser therapy with back-up support to help with smoking cessation and weight loss.
Despite a continuous increase in the usage of laser therapy between 2007 and 2011, the total number of laser therapies in Canada represents only 7.
This study suggests that postoperative laser therapy (680 nm) enhances the regenerative processes of peripheral nerves after complete transection and anastomosis.
This Pamper Spa Day is aimed at rejuvenating and invigorating the mind and body - away from everyday challenges - by incorporating laser therapy with some of the wonderful treatments available at Lumia.
She says that cold laser therapy should not be directed at the thyroid gland, the eyes, or any lesion suspected of being cancerous.
If a smoker tries to quit smoking on his own he suffers from insomnia, so what we do is that we help people sleep normally," Nour Aboulela, head of the Tabac Stop Center for laser therapy, said.
Addiction Professional has sunk to a new low in publishing an article on low-level laser therapy for addictions (July/August 2007 issue).
LITTLE Aston's Spire Hospital has launched a revolutionary Laser therapy treatment to combat a common medical problem.
Many authors have reported significant pain reduction with low level laser therapy in acute and chronic painful conditions (Gam et al 1993, Bjordal et al 2003, Kreisler et al 2004, Chow and Barnsley 2005, Ferreira et al 2005).