Dr. Sue Chen of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists on the television show Animal ER on the Nat Geo WILD channel, is presented with two green sea turtles covered with tumors caused by the fabropapilloma-associated turtle herpesvirus. Dr. Chen will use a flexible fiber surgical CO2 laser to remove the tumors. “It’s the only hope for getting the turtles ready for a return to the wild.”
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The carbon dioxide laser is a very effective tool for treating diseases of the perianal region. The skin of the perianal region is thin and sensitive… the laser offers a “no-touch” method of excising these lesions, which helps to decrease post-operative...
Bert A. Shelley, DVM, MS
“Use of the Carbon Dioxide Laser for Perianal and Rectal Surgery”, Vet Clin Small Anim 32 (2002) 621-637, Elsevier Science (USA)
The main advantages of the CO2 wavelength technology for soft tissue surgery include reduced tissue trauma, precise dissection, sterilization of the tissue surface, reduced operative hemorrhage, quickened healing and reduced post-operative pain. My clients...
Robert Fleck, DVM