Airway Papilloma Removal
Precision Surgery with the BeamPath® ENT
Surgery in the airway requires a tool with the highest degree of control and maneuverability. OmniGuide’s BeamPath ENT product line offers a
that enables precise removal of airway papillomas.
What is an Airway Papilloma?
An airway papilloma is a benign (non-cancerous) lesion that grows outward from the surface of the larynx, vocal cords and trachea. Airway papillomas often result from infection with a form of the human papillomas virus (HPV 6 or HPV 11). Due to the tendency for these lesions to re-grow after treatment, the condition is often referred to as Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis (RRP). This condition affects both children and adults and, if left untreated, can lead to serious breathing problems. Common symptoms include hoarseness, noisy breathing, and respiratory distress.
Surgical Removal of Airway Papillomas
Surgical intervention may be required when papillomas interfere with normal breathing. Surgery for more complex disease may be performed in the operating room where a patient is anesthetized and ventilated. Surgeons choose from a wide range of technologies to remove the diseased tissue. More and more surgeons are choosing OmniGuide’s BeamPath ENT system because it allows them improved access to the affected anatomy and to remove papillomas with minimal bleeding and very little damage to underlying healthy tissue.
Why OmniGuide BeamPath?
Surgeons use the BeamPath ENT system because it minimizes bleeding and ensures preservation of surrounding healthy tissue. Also, the flexibility of BeamPath ENT products allow surgeons to reach papillomas growing in anatomical regions they could not access previously with other surgical tools. The device’s ease of use as well as the
superficial nature of CO2 laser energy
allows some papilloma removal procedures to be performed in an office-based setting rather than in the operating room. If a surgeon decides it is best to remove the papillomas in an office-based setting, he/she applies topical anesthesia and removes the diseased tissue while the patient is awake.
In some cases, this office-based procedure is a patient’s last hope for treatment. Such was the case for Joyce Douglas of Greensboro North Carolina, who was told she could not risk going under anesthesiology again after over 300 surgeries in the operating room to treat her Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis. (Please see the video above, entitled "Singing Again.")
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