Laser Resection (LR)


Most commonly recognized endobronchial treatment that the interventional pulmonologist uses today. It is used extensively for the palliation of symptoms of airway obstruction secondary to malignancies, and it provides effective therapy for benign airway lesions and stenosis. In selected patients, laser therapy has been shown to improve quality of life and functional status, and, in some cases, to extend survival. Palliation of symptoms from malignant airway obstruction is the most common indication for endobronchial laser therapy. Bronchoscopic laser therapy is a relatively safe procedure.