Case Studies

Soft tissue laser dentistry science, safety, and education

Soft tissue laser dentistry science, safety, and education

By Noel Berger, DVM, MS; Martin Kaplan, DMD; and Peter Vitruk, PhD | September 2018

By Noel Berger, DVM, MS; Martin Kaplan, DMD; and Peter Vitruk, PhD For The Education Center Originally Published In Veterinary Practice News, September 2018 –Download as a PDF Surgical lasers…

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What a veterinary surgeon needs to know

What a new CO2 laser surgeon needs to know: A graduate’s take

By Cameron Henke, DVM, and Paul Sessa, DVM | August 2018

We all understand that in a veterinary clinic, time is money, and this is where the CO2 laser comes in so handy. The concept of minimizing oozing and bleeding allowing for better visualization of tissue planes and the surgical field has maximized my efficiency as a new surgeon.

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Dog Cherry Eye

Surgical CO2 laser corrects a common canine eye condition

By Noel Berger DVM, MS, DABLS | May 2018

This article shows a successful cherry eye procedure using a CO2 laser in a modified version of Morgan’s (1993) pocket technique that has a reported 95 percent success rate. This is one more adaptation of a surgical CO2 laser used in an accepted surgical technique that improves upon existing surgical standards to provide even better patient care.

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laser elbow follicular cysts dog

CO2 laser surgery for the treatment of elbow follicular cysts in the dog

By David Duclos, DVM, DACVD | April 2018

In this article, a surgical CO2 laser was used to treat a dog’s elbow follicular cysts. Follicular cysts are caused by keratin trapped in a hair follicle, and they are often associated with swelling, inflammation, pain, and secondary infection. This laser procedure can ablate multiple layers of cysts and adjacent hair follicles with minimal bleeding and minimal thermal damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.

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cat neck surgery

Treacherous surgery of the neck simplified using CO2 laser

By Noel Berger DVM, MS, DABLS | March 2018

Three months prior to the surgery described here, a 10-year-old female spayed tortoiseshell cat was presented for a large swelling in the neck. Approximately 300 cc of clear, thin, amber fluid was aspirated, and a representative sample was sent to an outside diagnostic laboratory for fluid analysis, the results of which were unremarkable.

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laser pet claw amputation

Canine claw amputation with a flexible hollow waveguide CO2 laser

By David Duclos, DVM, DACVD | February 2018

11-year-old male miniature schnauzer, was presented for chronic inflammation, severe swelling and ulceration of P3 on the right forelimb, digit 3. It appeared that the claw on the affected digit caused the patient significant discomfort and pain, provoking him to constantly bite and lick the site, aggravating the inflammation…

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laser tumor dog husky eye

Removal of benign soft tissue tumors in the dog utilizing a flexible fiber CO2 laser

By David Duclos, DVM, DACVD | December 2017

The CO2 laser provides the surgeon with the superior ability to control the fluence by easily changing spot sizes, power settings and to switch between continuous wave to SuperPulse modes; because of this the surgeon has excellent control to remove abnormal tissue and to avoid unnecessary damage to healthy adjacent structures. This laser benefit is especially prominent in delicate areas, such as eyelids.

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surgical laser veterinary surgery

Surgical CO2 laser demystified

By Peter Vitruk, PhD, DABLS | November 2017

This article highlights the practical aspects of learning and using flexible fiber surgical CO2 lasers in everyday veterinary soft tissue surgeries.

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