For more information
Call 612-863-5982

Frequently asked questions

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.
  • Laser light can be focused to the size of the head of a pin, even to just a few cells.
  • Tissue can, but does not have to be touched.
  • Laser fiber optics allow doctors to reach inaccessible places, often without incisions.
  • It causes coagulation to reduce blood loss.
  • Lasers can be focused through body fluids.
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.