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Am J Otol. 1990 Mar;11(2):79-84.

Applications of the KTP laser in chronic ear surgery.

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Otologic Center, Inc., Kansas City, MO 64111.


Several types of lasers have been applied to otologic surgery for such procedures as laser stapedotomy and acoustic tumor vaporization. The KTP laser has even broader applications in the field of chronic ear surgery. A three and a half year experience with the KTP laser is described. This laser's performance characteristics makes it well suited for chronic ear surgery. A quartz fiber delivery device enables the surgeon hand control of the laser beam in a microscopic field. Several applications are reviewed. Specifically, the KTP laser has been effective in removing hyperplastic infected mucosa engulfing the stapes, in safely disarticulating a mobile stapes suprastructure for complete cholesteatoma removal, and in atraumatically removing previously inserted ossicles or other middle ear implants. The KTP laser enables the surgeon to avoid mechanical trauma possible with traditional instrumentation and obtain more effective disease removal.

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