VIDEO: Laser's novel effect improves restrictive burn scars



PHOENIX – New techniques using very-low-density, very-high-energy ablative fractional carbon dioxide laser are helping thousands of patients – mostly soldiers – with restrictive scars from bombs or burns.

It’s a treatment to which the far larger number of civilian burn patients should have access, but few do, explained Dr. Nathan S. Uebelhoer, who received an award and a standing ovation at the annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery for his work in this area.

In an interview, Dr. Uebelhoer of Aroostook Medical Center, Presque Isle, Maine, describes the techniques used to achieve such promising results with restrictive scars, and he discusses what might be necessary to make the treatment more widely available.

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