Aerolase has developed and introduced a new generation of lasers that are ideal for Foot & Ankle applications. Our 1064nm (Nd:YAG) lasers, the LightPod Forte (Podiatry) and LightPod Neo (Podiatry + Aesthetics), deliver higher clinical efficacy and shorter treatment times than any other lasers for these applications – yet the treatment is much more tolerable than with other brands of lasers, due to our unique and gentle pulse duration.
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A New Protocol for the Clearance of Onychomycosis with Laser, Using a Novel 650 microsecond Pulsed Nd:YAG 1064nm Laser
Jeffrey Adler, DPM
Adler Footcare of Greater New York, White Plains and New York City, NY
A new protocol for the treatment of Onychomycosis with laser irradiation was developed and used on 192 subjects with multiple nails affected by Onychomycosis, as confirmed by PAS, KOH and culture tests. A novel Nd:YAG 1064nm laser with a 650 microsecond pulse duration and a peak power of 318 joules/cm2 or 15,385 watts per pulse was used at two clinical sites over a period of 18 months. The protocol included two laser treatment sessions spaced approximately 4 weeks apart. Then, at a point 3 months after the second laser treatment session, each subject was again administered the PAS, KOH and culture tests, and 178 or 92.7% tested negative for the fungus. The two-treatment laser protocol was repeated on the 14 remaining subjects and 11 of them were clear of all fungal infection after two additional laser treatments. Therefore, 98.4% of all subjects have shown negative culture 3 months after completion of their laser treatment course. Toes were pre-cooled with ice and all subjects reported the laser treatment as either painless or highly tolerable with an occasional sensation of heat. There were no side effects of treatment, and all subjects were satisfied with the results. This clinical study demonstrates that Onychomycosis can be effectively and safely treated with a 650 microsecond Pulsed Nd: YAG 1064nm Laser.
Brief Practitioner Testimonials
I have been using the LightPod Forte now for nearly a year. This laser delivers Nd:YAG 1064nm energy without any direct skin contact, and there is no need for expensive reusable pieces. The Forte also provides more power to the tissue with a wider range of fluences. I have treated many cases of onychomycosis and have seen >90% of cases exhibiting outgrowth of healthy nail. Clearance of warts is also around 90%.
Marc Garfield, DPM,
Lightfoot Podiatry, Williamsburg, VA
Patients are looking for new treatments and new technology, particularly lasers. By owning a LightPod Forte, I am able to retain patients who would otherwise switch to a more advanced practice with a laser. I also get many new podiatric patients who first visited me for laser treatment of nail fungus, were happy with the results and are now coming to me regularly with all their podiatry needs. I paid off my LightPod Forte in just 4.5 months!
Boris Raginsky, DPM,
Toe Nail Laser Centers, Fair Lawn, NJ
The LightPod Neo Nd:YAG laser is a device, with a wavelength (1064 nm), that will deliver energy through the nail plate and into the nail bed, resulting in superheating of the fungal material. Because the hand piece does not contact the skin or nails and does not require the use of any cooling devices, it is a clean, simple, and sanitary procedure. In the study that I published, post-treatment culture was negative in 87.5% of patients.
Lisa Hochman, MD,
Morristown Dermatology, Morristown, NJ