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For more information about Laser Services
Surgical lasers allow specially trained surgeons to access the most remote areas of the body, through tiny incisions or sometimes no incision at all. Compared to conventional surgery, laser surgery can mean less pain, less blood loss, less time in the hospital. It also means reduced scarring and recovery time.
The Laser Services Department offers the widest range of medical laser equipment and services available, supported by a dedicated group of highly skilled and experienced technicians. We’re specialists in medical lasers, committed to the highest quality support to our physicians who offer patients the option of laser surgery. Services include:
With more than fifteen surgical lasers serving all medical specialties, Abbott Northwestern Hospital is the leading provider of medical lasers in the Upper Midwest. Lasers can be used to treat everything from common conditions like snoring to more complex cancer treatments (Photodynamic Therapy) or kidney stones (Laser Lithotripsy).
Lithotripsy is a medical procedure that uses shock waves to break up stones in the kidney, bladder, or ureter (tube that carries urine from your kidneys to your bladder).
For more information on photodynamic therapy,
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a unique and relatively new cancer treatment that destroys cancer cells by combining a special photosensitizing drug with exposure to laser light.
The photosensitizing drug is injected into the patient typically about two days before laser treatment. The drug is absorbed into the body and held in the cancer cells.
When exposed to a low level laser light of an exact color or wavelength, the drug is activated and destroys the cancer cells.
What are the benefits of this treatment?
PDT may cause minimal damage to healthy tissue.
The procedure usually is performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home after a brief recovery period.
What conditions can it treat?
PDT is mainly used to treat tumors on or just under the skin or on the lining of internal tissue. In the United States, PDT is approved for use to treat esophageal cancers and some types of early and advanced lung cancer.
PDT is being investigated for use with several other cancers, including head and neck, brain, bladder and recurrent breast cancer. PDT also may be used to treat other conditions, including psoriasis and coronary artery disease.
For more information on TransOne,
TransOne is a mobile unit that brings several minimally invasive procedures to physician practices around the metro area. This option is very convenient for patients who prefer to stay close to their home and who may be more comfortable receiving treatments at their regular physician’s office – a place already familiar to them.
TransOne offers expertise and equipment in many specialties, including:
If you are like most health care providers, your top priority is providing high quality care to your patients. Sometimes, the costs of the latest technology or advanced treatments can make this challenging. Now more than ever, providers are looking for innovative ways to strike the balance between maintaining high quality patient care and sustaining or reducing costs.
TransOne Advanced Mobile Healthcare Technologies offers a unique solution to this health care challenge.
TransOne offers a variety of benefits for your clinical practice, including:
Patients will appreciate the convenience of these new services at your facility – a place already familiar to them – rather than being sent to another facility.
To learn how you can add the services of TransOne to your practice, please call 612-863-8630 or email
For more information about Laser Services
The word laser stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is a device that produces an intense beam of light of one single wavelength or color. There are many different types of lasers, each producing a unique wavelength of light.
First, it can cut, creating an incision like a scalpel. Secondly, the laser can be used to vaporize tissue and tumors. Finally, the laser can coagulate or seal small blood vessels as it cuts to reduce blood loss.
The laser is extremely precise, therefore, it damages less of the surrounding tissue. This tends to decrease swelling and promote quicker healing.
Although pain is very subjective, laser surgery tends to be less painful in most cases than conventional surgery.
Lasers have vast applications. They are used in gynecology, orthopedics, urology, neurology, ear, nose and throat, cardiovascular, and gastroentrology.
First, discuss the possibility of laser surgery with your personal physician. This Web site can give you and your physician more information about laser services at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
Costs vary depending on the type of procedure, any special instruments required, and the extent of the treatment. Laser surgeries and procedures that are considered medically justified are usually covered by insurance and pre-authorized before the scheduled procedure. As with any medical procedure, you should check with your insurance carrier to see if there could be any out-of-pocket costs.
Physicians who perform laser procedures receive special education in medical lasers, including classroom and hands-on training, and observation of other experienced physicians.