Of the various lasers available, the CO₂ laser is the most versatile and is extremely safe because of its limited depth of penetration and minimal lateral thermal damage. This allows for use of the CO₂ laser in delicate areas where electrosurgery would be unsafe, such as the bladder, lateral side wall
near the ureter, nerves, major vessels, and bowel serosa. In endometriosis patients, clinical data has demonstrated good pain control, improved quality of life, peri-operative outcomes and fertility rates
with use of the CO₂ laser. The Lumenis CO₂ laser is a valuable instrument in the armamentarium of the gynecology surgeon.
Dr. Ceana Nezhat, Atlanta Center for Special Minimally Invasive Surgery & Reproductive Medicine, GA