This book is concerned primarily with operative endoscopy utilizing lasers, presenting proved and future endoscopic applications of lasers in medicine. It includes new concepts of cancer therapy, such as photodynamic therapy, because of the laser's endoscopic application.
1. Basic Laser Physics and Interaction of Laser Light with Soft Tissue 2. Operating Characteristics of Surgical Lasers and Delivery Systems 3. Laser Surgery of the Oral Cavity and Oropharynx 4. Laser Treatment of the Nasal Cavities and Nasopharynx 5. Laser Surgery in the Larynx 6. Applications of the Neodymium: Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser in Bronchology 7. Tracheobronchial Tree: Carbon Dioxide Laser 8. Bronchoscopic Phototherapy with Hematoporphyrin Derivative and Argon Dye Laser 9. Laser Therapy for the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract 10. Laser Therapy for the Lower Gastrointestinal Tract 11. Lasers in Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery 12. Laser Surgery for the Cervix and Vagina 13. Endoscopic Laser Surgery in Gynecology 14. Clinical Applications of Neodymium: Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser Surgery in Urology 15. Laser Surgery in Cardiovascular Disease 16. Orthopedic Surgery 17. Photodynamic Therapy 18. Laser Surgery in the Pediatric Airway 19. Complications of Laser Surgery 20. Establishment of a Laser Center