Laser a first for Barbados
Barbados has been the first Caribbean country to utilise the new CO2 fibre technology, advancing the island to a stage where it is now equal to the first world countries.
The Bayview Hospital has acquired a Carbon Dioxide Surgical Laser (CO2), utilized by mostly ear, nose and throat doctors worldwide.
Laser surgeon Marquis Dowell, who used the laser for the first time at the private hospital on Monday, told the DAILY NATION yesterday that the tool was superior to many other lasers because of the minimal tissue damage it caused to adjacent tissue and the superior healing that it gave compared to other surgical cutting techniques.
The CO2 Laser has properties which allow rapid vaporization of soft tissues, concurrent coagulation as it seals blood vessels, lymphatic vessels and nerve endings. These properties are advantageous in almost any surgical procedure. (AH)