A carbon dioxide laser uses carbon dioxide gas as the active
substance in a highly focused beam of light to cut or destroy tissue during
surgery. Laser light cleans (sterilizes) and seals as it cuts tissue, which
reduces bleeding and pain and shortens the healing time.
Lasers are used for many different types of surgery, including
dental surgery, eye surgery, surgery on the female reproductive organs,
hemorrhoid surgery, and plastic surgery.
The word "laser" is an acronym of "light amplification by
stimulated emission of radiation."
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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