Terapia con láser

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Definición

Es un tratamiento en el que se utiliza un rayo de luz intenso para hacer cortes, cauterizar o destruir un tejido. El término láser es el acrónimo en inglés de "amplificación de luz mediante emisión estimulada de radiación".

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Información

El haz de luz láser proviene de fuentes seguras así que no ofrece riesgos para la salud del paciente o del equipo médico.

Los láseres se pueden utilizar para muchos propósitos médicos. Debido a que el haz de luz láser es tan pequeño y preciso, permite a los médicos tratar un tejido de una forma segura, sin lesionar el área circundante. 

Los láseres con frecuencia se emplean durante estos procedimientos:

Referencias

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Sakamoto FH, Avram MM, Anderson RR. Lasers and other energy technologies: principles and skin interactions. In: Bolognia JL, Jorizzo JL, Schaffer JV, eds. Dermatology. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 136.

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