What Veterinarians Say

I am a small animal veterinarian on Long Island, NY. Chris Winkler DVM is a friend and colleague of mine. One of my dogs needed surgery for a mass in her bladder. Knowing Chris had one of your Aesculight CO2 laser surgery units, I asked if he would help me do the surgery. I had a small working knowledge about laser surgery units, and was curious as to how one worked. I was interested in laser surgery in general, but I had never had the opportunity to see one in action, or know what it could do. Chris graciously agreed to help me with the surgery using his laser unit.

I was utterly amazed by how well the surgery went. There was very little bleeding and my dog had no bruising, and no appreciable pain, or discomfort following the procedure. Being able to work alongside Chris while he explained how the unit worked, and having him show me how to use the unit, was one of the best experiences I ever had in a surgery suite.

There are many practices that have a laser surgery unit, but the machines are never utilized to their full potential because of a lack of comfort and knowledge base about how the units work. I know this would be me. I would love to have an Aesculight CO2 laser unit in my practice, but to be honest, I know I would be intimidated by it, and would not use it as much as I would like, or as much as the technology deserves.

Having the wonderful experience of being able to work alongside Chris, who is a master with the device, made me realize that it would be a fantastic learning and business opportunity to implement an in house training / mentoring program along with the purchase of one of your units. If there was such a program, where Chris could come and do in house training on the device, it would make us novice veterinarians less intimidated by the machine and, therefore, more likely to use it regularly. The more the technology is utilized, the better care our patients would receive, and the more possibility there would be for your laser units to become indispensable equipment for every veterinary practice.

I can’t say enough to praise your Aesculight CO2 laser machine. My dog’s surgery went incredibly well, and she had no post-operative concerns. It was a wonderful experience to have the opportunity to see your device in action, and to be able to have its wondrous abilities demonstrated to me by someone, namely Chris Winkler, who was so knowledgeable about how the machine works, and was willing to teach me anything I wanted to know about it. I know I am not the only veterinarian who would be willing to have a traveling Chris Winkler at my disposal while learning to use your technological wonder.

Lisa McCann, DVM, Islandia Animal Hospital, Long Island, NY

“My surgical laser has been one of the best investments in my 35 years of practice. It has proven to be a constant source of income while separating my practice from others that do not offer laser surgery. The ability to drastically reduce pain, swelling and hemorrhage is invaluable.”

Edward Gilsleider, DVM, Animal Medical Center, Claremore, OK

“We love our Aesculight CO2 laser and would never practice without it!”

Sandra Watzin, DVM, Watzin Veterinary Clinic, Waterdown, ON, Canada

“I upgraded to a 3020. I think it’s terrific. It’s faster and easier, and I love setting my own standby thresholds.”

Jim Antunano, DVM, President, Veterinary Surgical Laser Society, Animal Medical Diagnostic Center, Valrico, Florida

“The Aesculight surgical laser is a major advancement in the CO2 lasers. I previously had worked with the people at Luxar in Bothell, WA when I purchased my first laser in 1991. I started with a 10 Watt laser and upgraded a few years later to the 20 Watt Luxar laser. Today many of the original Luxar team is involved with this new company, Aesculight. I purchased a new Aesculight laser a year ago and have found it to be wonderful to use. This laser has a new waveguide design which gives us much better power output. Also, because it has computer chip inside that is upgradable, I can easily upgrade with just software changes. The software inside also allows for over the phone support and troubleshooting and thus saves having to send the laser in for repairs or troubleshooting. With my previous Luxar laser I used to use the scanner head for several procedures. Aesculight has developed a wide tip for their laser which is much better than the scanner. This wide tip can be changed simply like any other regular tips. One does not have to change the entire waveguide like you do with the Luxar scanner head. This makes it easy to switch between smaller tips and the larger tips. The availability of different tips is a great advantage when using a surgical laser. With the Aesculight laser one can change quickly from a cutting mode to ablating mode. Most of the CO2 lasers are designed primarily for cutting. Ablation with these lasers is very tedious and complicated. In dermatology, most of our procedures require wide field ablations; cutting is not used as often, so this Aesculight laser is an excellent choice for the skin. Aesculight is the company with its headquarters in the USA. They build the laser entirely in the US, in compliance with and exceeding all the US standards. This laser is of the highest quality and is built to last. It is a laser with engineering that you can rely on, by people who you can trust. This laser is far superior both in quality and safety to all of the foreign built lasers that are on the market.”

David Duclos, DVM Animal Skin and Allergy Clinic, Lynwood, WA

Dr. Barbara Gore“I LOVE this laser! It is simply a joy to work with. I especially appreciate the programmability that allows each individual laser surgeon the option to adjust particular user settings such as timing delays of the smoke evacuator and standby modes, common power settings, etc. Having the smoke evacuator tied into the laser footpedal is another great advantage. I also commend you on the engineering advances – despite the fact that this laser is a 30 watt compared to my former 20 watt unit, it never gives me the overtemp warning when running it at high power settings for long periods of time.

I can’t think of anything to improve upon! Congratulations on an outstanding product!”

Barbara R. Gores, DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Tucson, Arizona

Dr. John Godbold“Aesculight’s increased power, cooling system, one-pedal evacuator control, and user interface panel make it a dream machine. Aesculight has hit the ceiling for small animal surgery, we do not need to go higher in power. Higher than 30/20 would take us beyond the capacity to keep the car on the road…”

John C. Godbold, Jr., DVM Stonehaven Park Veterinary Hospital, Jackson, Tennessee

“This is just a note to say thank you and all of your staff at Aesculight for making my transition to the use of surgical laser in my practice so easy. From my first contact with you to sales, delivery, setup, training and support your team have all showed a professionalism and dedication to my success that is equal to the quality of the great product that you sell. What a concept, a great product with great support. Sounds like a formula for success. Thanks again.”

William C. Sands, III, DVM, Three Rivers, Michigan

“If I cannot use the laser tomorrow, I’m DONE!”

Dr. Calvin C. Clements,Palmyra Animal Clinic, Palmyra, Pennsylvania

“The laser changed my practice. It changed my life. It changed everything!”

Dr. Sandy Hurwitz, Oak Springs Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital Austin, Texas

“We see dramatically less pain with laser patients versus the blade, especially in small dogs.”

Melissa Hartman, RVT, Animal Avian Hospital of the Village, Houston, Texas

“I love the laser and use it for everything. It is the one and only piece of equipment that makes a profit.”

Dr. Suzanne Ellen Solvin, Westside Animal Hospital, Newman, California

“I would never do a soft palate resection without the laser. And we do a lot of procedures through the MedRX scope that could not be done any other way.”

Dr. Sandy Hurwitz, Oak Springs Veterinary Diagnostic Hospital, Austin, Texas

“The laser has been a great boon to our practice.”

Dr. Robert M. Farr, Cheyenne Pet Clinic, Cheyenne, Wyoming

“I was skeptical, but I love the laser now. It’s great. I use it every day.”

Dr. Emily J. Kalenius, River’s Edge Pet Medical Center, Albany, Oregon

“I have not used a scalpel blade since I got the laser.”

Tom Halliday, DVM, Animal Care Center of Cherry Way, Gahanna, Ohio

“You know what the problem is with this laser?
The one or two times a year I want to use a scalpel, we cannot find one!”

John Schnarr, DVM, Irvington Pet Clinic, Indianapolis, Indiana

“I love it! I would not practice without the darn thing.”

Eric Anderson, DVM, Best Friends Veterinary Center, Oak Harbor, Washington

“We really enjoy having the laser. It is a lot of fun. We use it all the time.”

Bill Payne, DVM, Leitchfield Veterinary Clinic, Leitchfield, Kentucky

“I don’t know how I would practice without my laser.”

David Miller, DVM, White Oak Mountain Veterinary Hospital, Ooltewah, Tennessee

“Even though I am not compensated for laser use, I can’t stand to do surgery without my laser.”

Tim Holt, DVM, Traveling Surgeon, St. Louis, Missouri

“The laser will make you money faster than any other piece of equipment you can buy.”

Jeff Bowen, DVM, Animal Medical Center of Paulding, Hiram, Georgia

“I love it. It is probably the best thing I have done for my clinic.”

Brenda Ponce, DVM, Avenues Pet Clinic, Salt Lake City, Utah

“I am now on my second waveguide in ten years, and am still using the tips that came with the laser originally.”

Marc Hardin, DVM, Metcalf 107 Animal Clinic, Shawnee Mission, Kansas

“I use the laser more than any of the other technologies I have ever invested in.”

Mike Creel, DVM, Red Barn Animal Hospital, Boaz, Alabama

“I have had my laser for ten years, and I could not practice without it… the laser allows me to do many procedures that I would need to refer if I did not have the laser.”

Kenneth O’Hanlon, DVM, Frederick Animal Clinic, Frederick, Oklahoma

“I have previously used a CO2 laser by a different manufacturer. I am constantly impressed by how much of an improvement my Aesculight is over the other brand … better power, less zone of damage, which leads to better, faster healing for my patients.”

Donna McWilliams, DVM, My Pet’s Animal Hospital, Lakeland, Florida

“Our new Aesculight laser is a big improvement in speed and power over our previous laser. I am very happy with its performance.”

Sheri Morris, DVM, Willamette Valley Animal Hospital, Keizer, Oregon

“… the laser is unbelievable, I made the right choice. … if ANYONE wants to talk about what laser to buy I will give them some very good advice”

Kurt Kenney, DVM, Limping Dog Farm, Brandon, Vermont

“I have been extremely pleased both with the Aesculight laser and the Aesculight company. Dr. Arza (Aesculight laser consultant) was great to work with during the entire process, and provided a valuable day of laser set-up and surgery. The laser is user-friendly and has been a wonderful addition to our practice. I’d recommend Aesculight to anyone. Thank you!”

Joanna Jones, DVM, Canine Companions, Bloomington, Indiana

“The laser has been the most profitable piece of equipment I’ve put in during the last ten years. Clients love it.”

Hal Taylor, DVM, Healthy Pets of Wedgewood, Columbus, Ohio

“I have found that we need to do very little to sell our laser to our clients. They already know the benefits of laser. They accept it readily and they want it for their pets. The laser has produced profits from the start.”

Samuel W. Springer, DVM, Highlands Veterinary Center, Chesapeake, Virginia

“We use the laser almost every day, and the first month billed out $700.00 in laser-use fees running from $35.00 for minor procedures to $150.00 for more complicated ones. Averaging $50-$75. Not one complaint about laser fees. In fact, quite the opposite, clients are impressed with the technology and excellent results.”

Donald Edwards, DVM, Green River Veterinary Hospital, Auburn, Washington

“We paid off our laser in a little more than a year, which is better than any other piece of equipment we ever bought. Plus … it’s fun!”

Kevin Erickson, DVM, Kulshan Veterinary Hospital, Lynden, Washington

“All the customers who chose to do the laser surgeries are very happy to see that their animals are feeling much better, faster too! Thank you for your great service!”

Genevieve C., Veterinary Technician, Clinique Veterinaire Samson, Laval, QC, CANADA

“We’ve gone all-laser. We dropped using a blade altogether.”

Alex O’Roark, DVM, Elyria Animal Hospital, Elyria, Ohio

“I love the laser. I use my laser for all our procedures. I still have the same pack of surgery blades from six years ago.”

Cathy Rahimi, DVM, Blackberry Veterinary Center, Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

“Adding a laser is the best thing we’ve ever done. We use our lasers across the board. We hardly ever pick up a scalpel.”

Ed Biggie, DVM, Feeder Creek Veterinary Clinic, Millersport, Ohio

“I can’t live without my laser!”

Lou Gotthelf, DVM, Animal Hospital of Montgomery, Montgomery, Alabama

“I love my Aesculight. I do think it makes a big difference in recovery and postoperative care.”

Donita McElroy, DVM, Pet Med Plus, Alpharetta, Georgia

“I love my laser more than anything in the world. … I am going to be doing more elongated soft palates, stenotic nares, and facial folds.”

Adrienne K. Mulligan, DVM, Camp Verde Veterinary Clinic, Camp Verde, Arizona

“I love using the Aesculight laser. It has made surgery go much quicker and smoother. I will never do tumor removals without it ever again. Efficient customer service.”

Tiffany Wagner, DVM, South Mountain Veterinary Hospital, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

“Easy to use, fun to use, neat to do surgeries we would not have tried with a scalpel, and the only piece of technology that gives us income and profit every day that we use it, which is five days a week.”

Richard C. Trayes, DVM, Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic, Honesdale, Pennsylvania

“Surgical laser is a good addition to our busy practice. The best of all is your local representative, who is a great help to learn the proper use of laser. This has provided us a good opportunity to learn quick and use the equipment every day”

Nazir Shah, DVM, Lincoln Highway Veterinary Clinic, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

“Purchasing a laser was very important to me when opening our new practice. It gives the animals such an easy recovery. Our representative and Aesculight made the purchase and new staff training easy. Thank you.”

Aine Greenwell, DVM, Hendersonville Animal Hospital, Hendersonville, Tennessee

“…laser surgery offers better hemostasis and visibility, less post-operative swelling, and decreased post-operative pain. In certain procedures, better hemostasis and visibility will reduce overall surgical time. As more clients and owners become familiar with these advantages, the laser will become a frequently requested surgical tool.”

Timothy L. Holt, DVM and Fred A Mann, DVM, MS, “Soft Tissue Application of Lasers”, Vet Clin Small Anim 32 (2002) 569-599, Elsevier Science (USA)

“It is now fair to say that various surgical lasers have extended the operative precision, range, and morbidity reduction in small animal surgery. Equine upper airway surgery has also been revolutionized, and there are certainly many applications yet to be developed.”

Stephen W. Crane, DVM, “Lasers in Medicine and Surgery”, Vet Clin Small Anim 32 (2002) xi-xii. Elsevier Science (USA)

“Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are used in oral surgery for precisely cutting or vaporizing soft tissue with hemostasis… tissue vaporization is more efficient with the CO2 laser than with other lasers… because of the direct absorption of this wavelength by water.

Jan Bellows, DVM, “Laser Use in Veterinary Dentistry”, Vet Clin Small Anim 32 (2002) 673-692., Elsevier Science, (USA)

“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 discomfort and irritation… the laser is very effective in controlling hemorrhage from vessels smaller than 0.5mm… the laser photothermally vaporizes bacteria, so that bacterial numbers are decreased, which helps reduce the risk of post-operative infection. These factors help the patient recover quicker and return to function sooner.”

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)

“There are many benefits of the CO2 laser in exotic animal practice. Their use is limited only by the imagination.

Agnes E. Rupley, DVM and Terri Parrott-Nenezian, DVM, “The Use of Surgical Lasers in Exotic and Avian Practice”, Vet Clin Small Anim 32 (2002) 703-721. Elsevier Science (USA)

“In using Laser we affect a decrease in pain, swelling, and bleeding during surgery. The laser is used in place of a traditional scalpel. It is very useful in almost every procedure, including such procedures as lump removal, oral and skin surgery. We have observed a significant reduction in post operative discomfort for all of our pets when procedures involve laser versus the traditional scalpel method.
The laser is so precise in its capabilities that it allows us to do procedures that were once thought to be impossible or at least very risky. When used during the removal of a pancreatic tumor the laser can seal the organ. When used during the reduction of a long soft palate in Bull Dogs, it dramatically reduces the risk of bleeding.

North Town Veterinary Hospital, Brampton, ON, CANADA, www.northtownvet.com

“WHY CHOSE LASER? The answer is simple. Patients that have laser surgery experience dramatically less pain than with conventional surgery. CO2 lasers seal the nerve endings. Without the “raw” severed nerve, the patient feels little pain or discomfort. These patients also have very little bleeding or swelling. With laser surgery, there is also no tearing of the tissue. Without the usual trauma of conventional surgery there is minimal bruising and inflammation. Therefore, most patients have a speedier recovery allowing pets and their loved ones to be home together sooner”.

Animal Medical Diagnostic Center, Valrico, Florida, www.amdcvet.com

“Laser surgery is one of the newest surgical innovations available to veterinary medicine. It uses surgical CO2 laser light to cut and cauterize tissue instead of a scalpel blade. It literally vaporizes cells to separate the tissue planes for incisions or to vaporize to remove unwanted cells. While common in human medicine for plastic surgery and other medical procedures for many years, it is now available economically enough for veterinary medicine to benefit. Experience shows us however, that we can use the laser for many other procedures with the same benefits: mass removals, spay and neuter, orthopedic repairs, soft palate resection, and many others. Small warts, common in many dogs, can often be vaporized even without anesthesia, to minimize patient risk and discomfort.”

Willamette Valley Animal Hospital, Keizer, Oregon, www.wvah.net

“I have been very pleased with my purchase of the Aesculight 30 watt CO2 laser. There is no doubt that it is a great addition to my practice. I have been pleasantly surprised to find excellent client acceptance of the technology. The first month I used the laser, I did not perform a single procedure without a laser. Since, clients still opt for use of the laser >90% of the time. Clients already understand that laser is better – even in predominantly blue collar area.
The small size of the handpiece and the flexibility of the wave guide make using the laser as comfortable and easy as holding an ink pen. The metal laser tube allows for movement of the laser between two locations. However, this may not last very long – client demand for the laser will likely necessitate purchase of an additional laser.
The laser has definitely improved how surgery is performed. I have already had several cases that would have been challenging using traditional surgery techniques. However, the laser made these procedures much better. One example is a sublingual mass that was excised from a cat. Traditional techniques make this surgery challenging. However, using the laser, the surgery was blood free – improving visualization during the procedure as well as reducing likelihood of post-operative hemorrhage (this patient had none). The scanning technique allowed for much improved debulking of the mass. I was able to remove one layer at a time until I reached the major vasculature of the tongue – removing much more diseased tissue that would have been possible using a scalpel with less danger of compromising blood flow to the tongue. I was then amazed at how well the patient did post-operatively. This patient had not eaten for several days prior to the surgery. After the procedure, he drank and ate as soon as I put a dish in front of hm.
I considered whether to purchase the 20 watt versus the 30 watt laser. I am glad I went with the 30 watt version. My standard setting for skin incision is 15 watts continuous wave, superpulse with a 0.4 mm tip. This power setting is not achievable with the 20 watt version. I have heard of other Veterinarians having problems with inflammation around the incision and post-operative complications. I have not seen this at all. The research that I have read supports my clinical assessment that higher power settings are better for the patient. They provide more efficient tissue ablation, reduced “sawing” action, and less peripheral tissue heating as well as faster hand piece movement and reduced surgical time.
As you can tell from my description, I am excited about my laser. Many new technologies are available to add to a practice. Most of these have to be put into the “neat new toy” category. However, the laser is no doubt a tool instead of a toy. It is used every day, enhances the way all surgery is performed – both for the surgeon as well as the patient, and it actually pays for itself”

Chris Durham, DVM, Animal Health Centre, The Colony, Texas, www.animalhealthcentre.com

“I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how pleased we have been with our laser up to now. We have made a concerted effort to market the laser to our clients and the rest of the community, and it seems to be working well so far. We have had an article in the Brandon Sun, and we have been featured on the local evening news and CBC radio from Winnipeg. We have also added information on laser surgery to our website. All that along with word of mouth seems to be generating a lot of interest in the laser.
We used the laser on everything we could for the first month (January) to get used to using the laser (we did not charge extra during that time), and we were planning to make it an optional item after that. However, we have been so pleased with the results from the laser and with its ease of use that we have decided to implement its use into all surgical procedures where practical. The use of the laser is not an “option” for our clients – it is now our standard of care. We tacked on a lower additional fee to spays and neuters
(“subsidized” pricing), and higher fees based on the procedure for
everything else.
For the month of February our additional revenue from the laser (the “laser fee” only – not including the other associated income for surgery, anesthesia, etc.) was just under $3300. If that level of laser use continues throughout the year (and I have no reason to think it shouldn’t) then the laser will easily pay for itself and become a valuable profit center for our practice.
Our only regret is that we didn’t bring a laser into the practice sooner!”

Jay Thrush DVM, Brandon Hills Veterinary Clinic, Brandon, Manitoba, CANADA

“Of all the equipment we have ever bought, the laser generated the most income and is the most fun to use.”

Pamela Dumont, Godspeed Animal Care, Williamsburg, Virginia

“We use the laser every day that we do surgery, and have had about 80% client compliance. The laser has many uses, and is a lot of fun.”

Ray Wright, DVM, Lithonia Animal Hospital, Lithonia, Georgia

“If I am doing surgery, I am doing laser surgery.”

Jay Butan, DVM, Canal Animal Hospital, Lake Worth, Florida

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