How The Ansanelli Co2 Laser Technique differs from Ablation
Educate yourself on the different laser options for breast cancer surgery and what they are providing you.
You may have heard about lasers for breast cancer surgery. It is important that you educate yourself on the differences between methods. Just because they sound the same doesn’t mean they are providing your breast cancer with the same care. There are specifically two different forms of laser surgical care. One, is The Ansanelli Co2 Laser Technique and the more commonly known version is Laser Ablation. They both differ technologically and in surgical application. Here are the reasons why.
Laser lights are NOT all the same. They can function on different wavelengths
The Ansanelli Co2 laser technique uses a completely different form of laser light than Laser or Ablation. These variant types of laser lights affect the body’s tissues differently because they are functioning at different wavelengths. In result, each type of laser demonstrates a completely different surgical application to the bodies tissues in surgical removal.
What is happening during surgery? How do these two laser methods affect tissue so differently?
The Ansanelli Co2 Laser Technique
The Ansanelli Co2 laser - light dissects tissue through vaporization. More specifically, the Co2 light is absorbed and vaporizes the water in the cell. This thermal reaction creates a plume of vapor. Uniquely this Co2 light does not damage the tissue. Instead, the remaining tissue forms a sealant without there being any residual damage; no burning, or charring. The remaining tissue presents itself unharmed. Dr. Ansanelli’s Co2 laser technique enables the tumor to be excised (in its entirety from the body) in this method, rather than being vaporized within the body. Dr. Ansanelli’s Co2 laser light simultaneously seals and sterilizes the surrounding blood vessels and lymphatics while excising the tumor. This sterile process reduces and nearly eliminates the chance of cancer cell spread, local recurrence, and infections because there is no residual or necrotic tissue remaining in the surgical field. The surgical capabilities enable the Ansanelli Co2 laser technique to uniquely perform EVERY standard breast cancer procedure. The Ansanelli Co2 Laser Technique also has the unique capability of removing EVERY tumor size, including tumors growing out of the breast. ALL stages of cancer can be treated. This enables EVERY breast cancer patient to be a candidate with The Ansanelli Co2 Laser Technique.
In Laser Ablation, the pulsating Nd: YAG laser light approaches tumor removal by means of vaporization and burning all within the body. This “less invasive” approach presents many challenges and limitations to the patient. This method is restrictive as to what size tumors can be ablated and only for specific stages of cancer. Not all patients are candidates. Within this limited grouping, there are still multiple challenges. These ablative methods leave residual tissue damage in the body which is often painful, typically prolonging recovery, increasing pain and risk of potential complications. This painful residual necrotic tissue can require a separate operation by the knife and/or electric cautery to excise from the body. This extra process also increases tissue damage, pain and provides a risk for possible infections, ultimately requiring Rx medications. Overall, this process can be prolonged extending in multiple courses of treatment. More importantly, the pathological confirmation that all the margins are free of cancer is quite uncertain. For this reason, many critics are skeptical of this method. Tumor analysis can only be achieved through a separate procedure by tissue sampling by needle biopsy, or by knife and cautery surgery. Patients can also be can be advised into radiation treatment to make up for an excisional procedure confirming that the margins are free of cancer. Radiation may not be the desired route for every patient.
The Ansanelli Co2 Laser Technique capabilities enabling a thorough confirmation for Pathological Analysis
In comparison, The Ansanelli Co2 laser technique is more complete in every procedural step to ensure the patient of an effective and safe result. This method doesn’t provide just a tissue sampling for chemical analysis. Instead, the Ansanelli Co2 laser removes the ENTIRE tumor like in standard surgery, providing all the technological advancements of the CO2 laser. This important complete and thorough tumor analysis provides confirmation that all margins are free of cancer cells. There are no necrotic tumor cells created by this laser or left behind to be reabsorbed by the body like in ablation. This thorough testing simultaneously provides a complete analysis of the entire tumor. The Ansanelli Co2 laser technique uniquely enables the entire removal by laser instead of further sampling with other modalities (needle/knife biopsy) to provide confirmation. This process does not require radiation treatment to ensure clear margins.
Once the cancer is removed, Dr. Ansanelli sterilizes the surgical field again without dissecting any further tissue. This beneficial process eliminates any potential cancer cells remaining in the surgical field after the tumor removal. This feature is highly beneficial to addressing the active microscopic activity of the cancer cells. Animal studies have proven 80% less local recurrence with the Co2 laser.
The Ansanelli Co2 laser technique additionally eliminates heavy drainage, infections, and hematomas. This supports the already Rx medication free experience in addition to the painless surgery. At most a Tylenol is needed in the initial recovery period. This also applies for post-radical mastectomies and axillary node dissections.
Other Ablative Methods- Cryo and Radiofrequency
Other Methods of Ablation are Cryo by freezing, and Radiofrequency through electrical current. These other forms of ablation look to provide alternatives to standard surgical procedures. They are restricted by the types of tumors and stages of cancers that they can specifically treat. Pathological confirmation of remaining floating cancer cells in the region is in question. These patients are also sent for radiation as a follow-up step after treatment to eliminate any surgical resection. Radiation may not be the desired route for every patient.