Dante the Dog’s Cutaneous Hemangioma Laser Surgery Story

Noel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS, of Quail Hollow Animal Hospital in Wesley Chapel, FL, recently treated Karalyn’s dog, Dante with his Aesculight CO2 laser to remove a cutaneous hemangioma.

Her dog came to me for Laser Ablation of a cutaneous hemangioma. She was obviously more pleased with laser surgery outcome compared to previous scalpel surgery and suture outcome.– Noel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS

He [Dante the dog] is very happy, indeed.

As these may be of interest to you for your presentation: Here are some pictures of his prior surgery with his old vet (done December 2016) — as I relayed to you, the stitches were the worst part of his recovery. It was very traumatic for Dante and his parents. The experience spurred us to get a second opinion, and we are so happy to be under your care now.

We are very grateful for the laser procedures you offer and the excellent care he has received! – Karalyn Hadley (Dante’s Owner)

Cutaneous Hemangioma Laser Treatment

Small tumors can be laser ablated often not requiring any sutures. Sutures are often very uncomfortable for veterinary patients.  Laser ablation does not require suturing, leaving the surgical site clean and less traumatized, allowing for rapid healing. When compared to conventional scalpel surgery, Aesculight CO2 laser treatment results in minimal to no bleeding, little to no swelling and discomfort, a reduced risk of infection, and better cosmetic outcomes.

What is a Cutaneous Hemangioma?

A cutaneous hemangioma is a benign tumor found on the skin of dogs. It originates either in the dermis or the subcutaneous layer of the dog’s skin. Hemangiomas are formed by endothelial cells (the cells that form blood vessels). Hemangiomas are small masses of blood vessels and are red to black in color.

About the Veterinarian

Noel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS
Quail Hollow Animal Hospital
Wesley Chapel, FL

Dr. Noel Berger graduated veterinary school from Cornell University in 1988, then earned the MS degree in clinical sciences in 1989. Following a residency in Veterinary Pathology he engaged in general practice and later became a certified diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery in 2000. He has previously owned two very successful veterinary hospitals, and now chose to focus his professional efforts exclusively on patient care.

He is first author of several peer-reviewed papers in regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, veterinary laser surgery and laboratory diagnostics. He has co-authored book chapters, and published a textbook of small animal laser surgery. He is an internationally recognized speaker, having taught hundreds of veterinarians and technicians how to use therapeutic and surgical lasers to safely minimize pain and inflammation, and increase the speed of healing. Dr. Berger’s professional interests include ultrasound and echocardiography, dentistry, ear care, laser therapy and laser surgery.