Benign lesions of the larynx: should the laser be used?

  title={Benign lesions of the larynx: should the laser be used?},
  author={Stanley M Shapshay and Elie E Rebeiz and R K Bohigian and Roger Hybels},
  journal={The Laryngoscope},
  volume={100 9},
The use of the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser in the treatment of patients with benign laryngeal lesions, excluding respiratory papillomatosis, has been questioned because of potential adverse thermal effects on surrounding tissue. We question whether wound healing and subsequent quality of voice would be better if the surgeon used the "cold technique" with microlaryngeal instruments. Since the advent, in 1987, of a small-spot (0.3 mm) CO2 laser micromanipulator and more precise microlaryngeal… CONTINUE READING