Laser (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) surgery uses an intensely hot, precisely focused beam of light to remove or vaporize tissue and control bleeding in a wide variety of non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures. Laser surgery is used to cut or destroy tissue that is abnormal or diseased without harming healthy, normal tissue. It may also be used to shrink or destroy tumors and lesions, as well as to cauterize (seal) blood vessels to prevent excessive bleeding.
The heat generated by the laser keeps the surgical site free of germs and reduces the risk of infection. Because a smaller incision is required, laser procedures often take less time (and cost less money) than traditional surgery. Sealing off blood vessels and nerves reduces bleeding, swelling, scarring, pain and recovery time.