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CPD: 21 Points

We would like to invite you to attend our Portsmouth Transoral Laser Course

Constant progress in carbon dioxide (CO2) laser technology has resulted in general optimisation of laser beam parameters, such as power, exposure time (milliseconds), emission modality (superpulse and ultrapulse) and the use of micro-manipulators with a focused microspot diameter of less than 300 microns. This in turn has led to reduced thermal damage of tissue and allowed safe application of lasers in laryngeal cancer surgery and phonosurgery, an area where traditionally ‘cold steel’ instruments have been used. The Portsmouth Transoral Laser Course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for the correct use of the CO2 laser in the treatment of laryngeal neoplasms. The course will include lessons by renowned experts who will illustrate the basic principles, indications and different surgical techniques. The number of participants has been limited to 15 ENT Consultants and Specialists in training (ST) to enable small tuition ratios. Full immersion training sessions will be held from Thursday afternoon to Saturday, with theoretical and practical demonstration of basic and advanced CO2 laser and reconstructive laryngeal surgical techniques. The new technique of Narrow Band Imaging will be described and its utility in helping to diagnose lesions of the larynx will be discussed. We will also discuss the emerging role of transoral excision of oropharyngeal tumours in particular tonsillar carcinoma. The live surgery will be completed by interactive discussion of the cases and by theoretical teaching of basics in lasers, safety and anaesthetics, surgical anatomy, physiology, radiology, surgery and histopathology. Hands on sessions with the latest carbon dioxide lasers on animal cadavers and mannequins with vocal cord inserts will improve your ability to perform basic and advanced tumour resections.

Costa Repanos

Course Convener


Course Venue Oasis Centre, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill Road Cosham, Portsmouth, PO6 3LY.

How to get there The Queen Alexandra Hospital is located just on the hill slopes of Portsdown Hill overlooking Portsmouth. It is conveniently situated for both the M27 and A3M.