In this case study, a 13-year-old Dalmatian-cross dog was presented to Jon Plant, DVM, DACVD, for a rapidly enlarging ulcerated sebaceous epithelioma between the digital and metacarpal pads of the left front limb. This case illustrates how VetScalpel CO2 laser surgery is used to remove cutaneous tumors that might otherwise pose a greater challenge.
A 12-year-old, 27-kg neutered male, flat-coated retriever mix was presented for a subcutaneous mass cranial to the right tarsus.
Tail fold pyoderma (intertrigo) is common in certain brachycephalic breeds. Chronic pyoderma and dermatitis of the tail folds may result in pain, pruritus, and malodorous skin that can be difficult to manage with medical therapy alone.
At our clinic, surgical repair of the elongated soft palate (staphylectomy) is performed utilizing a CO2 laser. This allows for palatal muscle resection and simultaneous muscle thinning without the need for surgical sutures.
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.
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.
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 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.