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Frequently Asked Questions - LTU-904

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Does the laser work?

The LTU-904 laser is only ONLY lymphoedema treatment that has been trialled in a randomised double blind study. The laser works very effectively in about 30% of patients and with some effect in about 50% of patients.

Will it burn me?

The LTU-904 laser is a Class 1 laser and it will not burn, or raise the skin temperature.

What are the risks?

Laser has been used since the 1960ís and there have been no reported negative effects. We do not recommend the use of the laser over active cancer sites.

Do you have to be a therapist to use it?

No, anyone can use the LTU-904, (even in Queensland) however, we recommend that a therapist is consulted before and during the use of the laser. The are no State regulations that effect the use of the LTU-904.

What about eye safety?

The LTU-904 is a Class 1 laser and there are no eye safety requirements. The LTU-904 is registered with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and meets all required standards.

Where do you use it?

The laser is used on the scar tissue, any hard tissue areas and in the lymph node areas (armpit or groin). Treatment time is usually 15 mins.

Does it work for primary lymphoedema?

A study has not been done for primary lymphoedema patients, but we have several individual patients who have reported benefits from the LTU-904 for primary lymphoedema.

How does the hand-held unit differ from the scanning laser?

The hand-held unit is the same wavelength as the scanning laser. The scanning laser has not been trialled in a double blind trial, but it is reasonable to expect that it would be as effective as the hand-held laser. The scanning laser is much more expensive and treatment times are usually around 1 hour.

How does the laser work?

The laser affects the individual cells and re-energises them to be more active. This new energy helps to break up fibrous tissue.

For More information please contact Ann Angel or Sandi Waddel.

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