In the treatment of new growths or benign lesions around the nose and throat, surgical diathermy is a valuable addition to the other well-known methods of treatment for local lesions. The selection of the best form of treatment for the various types of lesions, variously situated, is of the greatest importance, particularly for malignant lesions, when a combination of methods may afford the best results.
In reviewing recent literature on laryngology, one sometimes sees criticisms of certain forms of treatment of new growths. The treatment at times has been employed without due consideration of the type and situation of the lesion, and when the result is not good the method itself is held responsible. Surgery, diathermy, cautery, radium and roentgen ray all have their place in the treatment of such lesions, and only with experience can the proper type of treatment be selected in the individual case.