Noveon laser for Toenail Fungus Infection
By Marc Katz
There are an estimated $4.0 billion spent on fungal infections,
including $1.5 billion for onychomycosis or toenail fungus.
Around 35 million people in the United States, and 700 million
worldwide, suffer from toenail fungus. Patients and physicians
alike have few or no treatment options due to the safety
concerns associated oral medications available as the current
standard of treatment. Many of these strong drugs can cause
liver damage! This is certainly a risk that many are not willing
There are home remedies and there are thousands of products
being pushed on the internet, however, the solution for toenail
fungus remains elusive. Dr. Marc Katz, a Tampa podiatrist, sees
dozens of people each week complaining of the unsightly nail
deformities. These patients have spent hundreds of dollars on
remedies with no success. They have become so frustrated, says
Dr. Katz. People just want to wear their sandals in sunny
Florida without feeling self-conscious.
I’m always looking for the most advanced technology to help my
patients and now I’ve found the answer, LASER. And not just any
laser therapy. In my opinion, the Noveon seems to be the winner.
At first, Dr. Katz investigated the Pinpointe laser but was not
impressed. His opinion was that the laser had not been properly
studied and he notes that the Pinpointe still has NOT been FDA
approved for fungal nails or onychomycosis in the US. In
addition, the Pinpointe uses an Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm in the
infrared region that has a higher incidence of burns and can
turn normal cells into potentially cancer causing cells.
The Pinpointe beam is not controlled and is dependent on the
user placing the beam correctly and keeping it at a set
distance. Without this control the treatment success can vary
and spots can be missed. Katz stated that the Noveon has
overcome this problem by using pods that control the distance
and the amount of the beam contacting the nail. The actual laser
device controls the treatment seamlessly allowing for the best
outcome with a reproducible dose of laser at a specified
distance every time.
The Noveon uses 2 different wavelengths of low energy near
infrared beams that produce death using light(not heat) without
harming the normal tissues. Katz states that this allows for
more thorough treatments and better results with less chance of
If you are already going to have the treatment and spend the
money you should have the best, said Katz. And he believes that
it is worth the wait for FDA approval of the Noveon which should
be in early 2010.
Dr. Katz has been chosen by Nomir medical to be one of the
early adopters of this cutting edge technology to get rid of
toenail fungus. The laser is powerful, proven and allows for
reproducible results in a safe environment. Patients are already
waiting in line for the treatments, says Katz. The treatment is
not covered by insurance but the demand is still huge! The cost
will likely be between 800 and 1200 dollars for the full
There is no pain involved with the procedure. Most patients
will undergo 3 separate treatment sessions with virtually no
side-effects. Each treatment session lasts 20 minutes or less
and is performed in a comfortable office setting.
So get ready to say goodbye to unsightly toenail fungus.
About the Author: Dr. Marc Katz is a podiatrist at Advanced
Podiatry in Tampa. He specializes in advanced cutting edge
treatments to provide his patients with the latest treatments.