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.
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.
Part 1: Stenotic nares repair with a CO2 laser. Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) is a progressive disorder of the upper airway characterized by primary anatomical abnormalities that increase resistance to airflow and result in restricted breathing.
Using a CO2 laser for oral surgery is a revolutionary concept today just as using digital imaging instead of emulsion technology was 20 years ago. It can be difficult to imagine going back to using chemistries to process radiographs, and it may be just as difficult to imagine using cold, hard steel for oral surgery instead of using a CO2 laser for oral surgery!
An excellent new study out of the UK concerning Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS), “Great expectations, inconvenient truths, and the paradoxes of the dog-owner relationship for owners of brachycephalic dogs”…
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…
“Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine” is an essential resource for anyone using surgical lasers in veterinary medicine, including veterinary students, practitioners, and specialists.
Chinese shar pei suffering from stenotic nares as well as a severe bilateral entropion of both upper and lower eyelids and from the very heavy and excessive facial folds on her scalp.
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…