Case Studies

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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vetscalpel co2 laser growth removal veterinary dermatology

Removal of canine benign cutaneous growths with a flexible hollow waveguide CO2 laser

By David Duclos, DVM, DACVD | January 2018

In my clinic, I use the flexible hollow waveguide fiber CO2 laser to surgically remove soft tissue growths. This technology allows ablating tumors quickly, providing control over intraoperative bleeding. Another benefit of laser surgery is that there is no need to close the surgical site in case of superficial cutaneous lesions. Moreover, the laser allows treating multiple lesions during a single visit, as in one of the cases described in this article.

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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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Comparing lasers and scalpel incisions

Comparison of the Hemodynamic Response in General Anesthesia between Patients Submitted to Skin Incision with Scalpel and CO2 Laser

By L. Miguel Carreira, R. Ramalho, S. Nielsen, and P, Azevedo | October 2017

Results indicate that the use of CO2 laser in surgery surpasses the conventional scalpel, by lowering the nociceptive system stimulation, decreasing the autonomic nervous system activity and stabilizing the hemodynamic clinical signs, which in turn promote reduced anesthetic consumption and thus offer greater safety to the patient.

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english bulldog urethral prolapse

CO2 laser correction of urethral prolapse

By William E. Schultz, DVM | July 2017

In our clinic, the Aesculight CO2 laser is always utilized for the correction of urethral prolapse. Compared to scalpel surgery, the greatest benefit of using the laser for this procedure is the efficient hemostasis in this richly vascularized area. In addition, the lack of a tourniquet makes this surgery less traumatic to the penile tissue.

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equine laser tumor removal

CO2 laser en bloc resection of equine dermal tumor mass

By Ruth Garvenell, RVN | June 2017

Considering the numerous advantages of the CO2 laser, such as benefits for veterinary personnel and patients, as well as its efficiency and predictable outcomes, the laser is a better alternative to conventional surgery for equine cutaneous tumor removal.

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laser bladder mass winkler

CO2 laser excision of a bladder mass

By Christopher Winkler, DVM, DABLS | May 2017

A CO2 laser cauterizes blood vessels up to 0.5 millimeters in diameter as it incises, allowing excellent visualization of the tissues as the surgery proceeds. The precise incision and hemostasis control the laser provides are especially valuable when care must be taken to watch out for and preserve delicate structures.

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