The use of lasers allows the ear surgeon to perform microsurgery more accurately with less trauma. The advances in laser technology allow the beam to be extremely narrow, with versatility in duration and power.

The applications of lasers in ear surgery include the following:

1) Otosclerosis (fixation of the stirrup bone which prevents the sound from reaching the nerve of hearing):
Because of the accuracy of lasers and reduced trauma, dizziness is usually minimal, allowing an early return to work. The higher frequencies are better preserved with this technique.

2) The laser makes it possible to remove residual disease accurately and safely from the many important structures in the middle ear.

3) The laser is used to reduce the size of the benign tumors growing on the nerve of balance and makes it easier to dissect the growth and control bleeding.

For additional information or to make an appointment, please contact River Cities Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, P.L.L.C. at (304) 522-8800 or (800) 955-3277.

B. Joseph Touma, M.D.
Touma Ear and Balance Center
1616 13th Avenue, Suite 100
Huntington, WV 25701
304.522.8800 or 800.955.3277

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