Simple Soft Tissue Biopsy Techniques for the General Practitioner or Specialist

Dr. Bob Convissar, Simple Soft Tissue Biopsy Techniques for the General Practitioner or Specialist
Speaker: Dr. Bob Convissar
CE Credits: 1.75
Format: MP4 Video
Performing soft tissue biopsies is one of the simplest surgical procedures to perform, yet general practitioners only perform 17% of all soft tissue biopsies. This course will give the attendee a simp...more
  • Running Time: 1 hour
  • Released: 6/8/2022
  • Expiration Date: 6/8/2025
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Credit Details
This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.75 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
AGD Code: 730.

The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.

Performing soft tissue biopsies is one of the simplest surgical procedures to perform, yet general practitioners only perform 17% of all soft tissue biopsies. This course will answer the all-important questions of:
1) What To Biopsy
2) Where To Biopsy
3) When To Biopsy
4) When To Refer
5) How To Biopsy

Once those questions are answered, a simple 5-step protocol will be described that includes patient evaluation; lesion evaluation, setting up the instrument tray, describing the technique in detail with both slides and video, and discussing the postoperative instructions. This course will give the attendee a simple 5 step cookbook for performing the biopsy – from patient evaluation through postoperative instructions.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
  • The critical steps in determining if the patient is a good candidate for a simple biopsy
  • How to differentiate between a benign lesion and a possible malignancy
  • How the patient’s medical/pharmacological history can impact the decision of performing the biopsy or referring the patient out to an oral surgeon
  • How to bill medical and/or dental insurance companies for the procedure
  • The exact technique to perform a simple soft tissue biopsy - whether the clinician uses a scalpel or laser or electrosurgery/radiosurgery device
  • When each of the different biopsy types are indicated: incisional/excisional/oral cytology/brush biopsy/aspiration biopsy
Description of Speaker:
Dr. Robert Convissar is a pioneer in the field of laser dentistry. One of the first dentists in the world to incorporate lasers into general practice he has over 32 years of experience with CO2, Diode, Erbium, and Nd.YAG wavelengths.

He has authored over fifteen peer-reviewed papers and 7 laser textbooks. An international lecturer from New York to London to Sydney to Tokyo to Dubai, and everywhere in between, he has delivered close to 400 Laser Certification and Laser Tongue Tie Certification courses worldwide. He practices laser-assisted dentistry in New York City. He is the only dentist in the world to have the triad of awards:
• Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery
• Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery
• Master of the Academy of Laser Dentistry
As well as being a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry

His seminal textbook Principles and Practice of Laser Dentistry, now in its 2nd edition, has been the standard textbook on laser dentistry for over a decade – translated into Spanish, Portuguese and Russian. He is the co-author of Color Atlas of Tongue Tie and Lip Tie Laser Frenectomy – the first textbook in the world on the subject.

In the past 12 months, the lecturer/speaker declare that they have had a financial interest, arrangement or affiliation within the field of dentistry or health care with the following: Diamond Dental Supply Company, and Laser Lectures LTD.

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