ENT Laser Devices’ Effects, Significance, and Rapid Development
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Another common name for ENT lasers is CO2 lasers. For the treatment of problems of the nose, ear, and throat, CO2 laser surgery is widely used throughout the world in otolaryngology. It is characterized as a minimally invasive surgery (MIS) that is fast, precise, and has few adverse effects. Such lasers can also be used to implant pacemakers in the hearts of elderly patients. In the predicted period of 2021-2030, the market for ENT laser devices is anticipated to grow to a value of USD 211.21 million, at a CAGR of 6.73% overall.
Cosmetic ENT surgeries have become incredibly popular all over the world and are expected to offer plenty of room for expansion in the next years. Around 13.3 million cosmetic minimally invasive operations were carried out globally in 2021.
Laser technology has become increasingly popular throughout the world—particularly in the healthcare industry—which is expanding steadily with a CAGR of 8.73% throughout the forecasted timeframe. In 2020, there were over 54,000 new cases of oral cancer in the US, which resulted in over 9,750 deaths, or about one every hour. Additionally, according to one of the American Cancer Society's projections, there will be roughly 12,960 new cases of laryngeal cancer in the country in 2023, which will cause roughly 3,770 fatalities.
The recent technological developments in ENT surgery have caused a rise in the popularity of minimally invasive procedures. Numerous ENT applications now use lasers much more frequently. Laser technology has progressed in specialized ENT uses such as surgery on the nose, larynx, ear, and neck. Compared to argon lasers, the recently developed diode lasers have a wider range of benefits. Additionally, diode lasers are used to reduce blood loss and prevent blood transfusions. Diode lasers are frequently utilized in outpatient surgery for a variety of causes, including nasal bleeding, tonsillectomy, polyps, nasal obstruction, turbinate reduction, septal surgery, leukoplakia, Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) for snoring, and oral lesions.
Gas lasers, solid-state lasers, and semiconductor-based lasers have all been introduced, which illustrates some of the quick developments in ENT laser technology:
a.) Gas Lasers
CO2 Laser: It emits a wave of coherent light that is simultaneous and continuous and has a wavelength of about 10600 nm. This wavelength is well absorbed by water and soft tissues.
Argon Laser: This laser is made of argon gas and emits visible light in the 488–514 nm range that is either blue or green.
b.) Lasers Based on Semiconductors
Optical data storage, metrology, optical telephony, pumping of other lasers, spectroscopy, material processing, and medicinal therapies are just a few of the extraordinarily broad range of uses for semiconductor lasers. These features make semiconductor lasers the most significant type of lasers now available on the market.
The availability of minimally invasive therapy in different industrialized and developing nations is expected to boost global demand for ENT surgical lasers. Endoscopic laser lithotripsy is recommended specifically for the removal of big salivary stones from ducts and is thought to be a less invasive alternative to external or transoral sialoadenectomy treatments. Other uses for ENT devices can include therapy, where light energy can be used at a low intensity to stimulate increased blood flow and to decrease pain. This can promote improvement in difficult and chronic conditions like sinusitis, oral mucositis, xerostomia, mucosal and bony necrosis, and burning mouth neuropathy pain.