Since the introduction of the first laser system in medicine over five decades have elapsed. Although not all expectations concerning the use of the laser have been fulfilled in this period of time, laser-assisted procedures complement conventional treatment in many cases; in some areas laser treatment is now considered the therapy of choice. All scientifically secured fields of indication are provided at our clinic.
The early diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the oral mucosa from which tumours can emerge is of prime importance. The superficial ablation of the oral mucosa is often the therapy of choice; the clinic has extensive experience of more than 25 years with this method (CO2 laser). If the procedure is correctly applied, the results achieved are better than with conventional therapy (cryo-surgery or medication).
A further important indication is the treatment of vessel malformations (so-called haemangioma and arterio-venous deformities) with suitable laser apparatus (Nd: YAG Laser). This usually enables a more conservative treatment than would otherwise be possible with conventional surgery (Pictures 1 and 2).
As well as these scientifically verified indications for laser treatment, there are many further application areas in a clinical and experimental testing phase, such as laser assisted treatment of inflammation of dental implants (so-called Peri-implantitis), laser treatment of the facial skin or fluorescence diagnosis.
Interested patients should address themselves to the clinic during regular surgery hours of the policlinic (Langerstraße 3, 81675 München); Monday to Friday 8.30 – 12.00; private patients should report to the secretariat of Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. K.-D. Wolff). An individual consultation with correspondingly trained and experienced doctors and surgeons can then take place.
Abb. 1: Hemangioma of the nose; sonographic evaluation of the vessel architecture
Abb. 2: Result after combined laser-surgical treatment