CO2 laser light’s ability to ablate and cut the waterrich soft-tissue with maximum precision and minimal collateral thermal effects makes it a true “What you see is what you get” surgical laser with a short learning curve and a great variety of uses in general surgery.
In most dermatologic surgical procedures using CO2 lasers, no sutures are required and no post-operative care is needed. The pet does not bother the lesions because the nerve endings are sealed by the CO2 laser, and thus little to no pain is present after the surgery.
Surgical laser ablation has provided long-term control of the inflammation in a number of our adult feline patients with persistent caudal stomatitis despite extractions.
A surgical laser will enhance surgical capabilities in a general practice. Selection of the delivery system is the most important consideration.
Stenotic nares are a key component of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome. Elective surgical intervention at an early age can minimize and sometimes completely eliminate clinical signs of BOAS. CO2 laser surgical correction of stenotic nares is simple and easy and yields a very gratifying cosmetic result.
My experience with CO2 laser for surgery at our hospital is in sync with how laser surgery is practiced in North America. It is a new and pioneering concept, however, in Japan, where until now laser diodes were promoted for soft tissue surgery.
There are some important things to consider when selecting a surgical veterinary laser including the delivery system, laser modes and power output, laser tube technology and cooling system, and learning about the company and the warranties available.