Advantages of using the flexible fiber CO2 surgical laser in resection of elongated soft palate have allowed me to perform over 350 soft palate resections with very little morbidity.
A CO2 laser significantly facilitates oral soft tissue surgery. Because it coagulates blood vessels, the laser creates a clear surgical field. This enables the clinician to make conservative incisions and save time that otherwise would have been spent on hemorrhage management.
Dr. Dismukes tells her story of becoming a laser veterinarian, the advantages of Aesculight CO2 laser surgery, and she provides five clinical case examples.
Lucké, a debilitated juvenile green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) found stranded in Volusia County, Florida, was taken to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island. His body, including the right eye, was covered in multiple tumors.
Dr. Duclos used a CO2 laser to save the claws of a dog by removing only the fibroadnexal hamartomas tumors and left as much of the normal skin as possible, allowing closure of the surgical site.
Surgery has multiple roles to play in oncology, including prevention, diagnosis, palliation, and cure, either alone or as an adjunct to other oncological therapies. The carbon dioxide laser can be a handy surgical tool to perform these roles.
Paul Sessa, DVM, shares the highlights of his transition from the older generation surgical CO2 laser to a newer, higher power surgical laser platform based on flexible fiber beam delivery with tipless handpieces.
The CO2 laser allowed for operating in a highly vascular area with virtually no bleeding for this 6-week-old golden retriever. With the degree of cleft involving the premaxilla and the nares, the hemostasis provided by the laser enabled precise incisions and tissue removal.
Surgical case involving a ferret with numerous neoplastic lesions that were surgically managed using the laser. Aesculight Flexible Waveguide Surgical CO2 lasers help us achieve more precise results with less blood loss, less tissue trauma and therefore less pain and inflammation.