What Is Argon Laser Therapy?
An argon laser is a device that uses argon gas and produces a beam of light with a wavelength that is absorbed only by specific pigments such as hemoglobin and melanin, and passes harmlessly through other materials such as fluids.
Argon laser therapy utilizes this technology to treat multiple gastrointestinal conditions including hemorrhages, dysphagia, mucosal lesions, and strictures.
What are the Benefits of Argon Laser Therapy?
Laser therapies in general, are more precise than other procedures which means the treatment is more focused on the damaged or problematic tissue. Cuts can be made shorter and shallower and cause less overall damage. Patients generally tend to recover more quickly from laser operations than traditional surgery.
Is Argon Laser Therapy Safe?
As with any medical operation, there are risks involved. However, due to the focused nature of laser therapy, it is often considered less of a risk than other surgical procedures. Some of the associated risks include pain, reaction to anesthesia, bleeding, and infection.
What Should I Do to Prepare for my Argon Laser Therapy Treatment?
Speak with your doctor about any specific preparations you should take prior to argon laser therapy. You may be advised to stop taking certain medications that could put you at risk during the surgery. You should also plan for some recovery time following your procedure, and travel plans following the procedure, as you will still be slightly sedated.