A three-year-old, 4.7-kg, male Nile water monitor lizard presented for decreased appetite of one week, no fecal production for five days, and lethargy.
In this case study, Dr. Winkler uses a VetScalpel CO2 laser to remove two distichiae from an Old English sheepdog. The procedure is quick, precise, and often curative. It offers the patient immediate relief and with minimal inflammation, hemorrhage, and scarring.
Due to high vascularity, good visualization during a surgical procedure can be difficult. The CO2 laser provides very good and safe hemostasis during this type of procedure. Combined with other benefits (such as reduced inflammation and postoperative pain among others), the laser is a great tool, allowing both surgeon and patient to benefit.
In this interview, Dr. Kaczmarek talks about his professional journey from the moment he first picked up the laser, to the time he taught laser surgery to his fellow surgeons across Europe and the U.S. through numerous presentations and wet labs.
In my practice, I’m often asked by clients if I might get multiple things done in a single procedure. In patients like Winston, who presented for neuter, the opportunity to prevent worsening of both brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS) and a left third-eyelid gland prolapse should certainly be communicated and encouraged to the client.
Part 1: Stenotic nares repair with a CO2 laser. Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) is a progressive disorder of the upper airway characterized by primary anatomical abnormalities that increase resistance to airflow and result in restricted breathing.
Laser surgery is in high demand by pet owners. Thousands of veterinarians around the globe have transitioned to CO2 laser surgery, as it has numerous clinical benefits for patients and brings additional revenues to the practice.
Although not as often as in the past, cats still develop urinary obstruction and urethrostomy is necessary. During a conventional scalpel procedure, visualization may be compromised due to hemorrhage from several areas. Therefore, in our clinic, we utilize our Aesculight CO2 laser for this procedure.
Using a CO2 laser for oral surgery is a revolutionary concept today just as using digital imaging instead of emulsion technology was 20 years ago. It can be difficult to imagine going back to using chemistries to process radiographs, and it may be just as difficult to imagine using cold, hard steel for oral surgery instead of using a CO2 laser for oral surgery!
Feline bowenoid in situ carcinoma (BISC), also known as multicentric squamous cell carcinoma in situ, is an uncommon premalignant neoplasm histologically similar to Bowen’s disease in humans. BISC lesions are marked by irregular epidermal and follicular hyperplasia with hyperkeratosis and full-thickness epidermal dysplasia.