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Online ISSN 1827-1650
Luigi NAPPI 1, Felice SORRENTINO 1, Stefano ANGIONI 2, Alessandro PONTIS 2, Pantaleo GRECO 3
1 Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences, Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy; 2 Department of Surgical Sciences, Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy; 3 Department of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine, Section of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
The term laser, an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation, covers a wide range of devices. Lasers are commonly described by the emitted wavelength that covers the entire light spectrum from infrared to ultraviolet and the active lasing medium. Currently, over forty different types of lasers have found application in medicine. Moreover, advances made by gynecologists in the field of operative hysteroscopy have developed a very great interest in the use of surgical lasers. Technical improvements in hysteroscopes and lasers have led several gynecologists to evaluate their use in the surgical treatment of intrauterine pathologies. This narrative review concerns the most common used lasers in hysteroscopic surgery with particular attention to the latest promising results of the laser technology.