Before and After Surgical Results – Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome

    See before and after photos of Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) surgical procedures routinely performed using Aesculight CO2 lasers. These BOAS surgeries include canine stenotic nares repair (no suture), canine stenotic nares repair (with sutures), feline stenotic nares repair, elongated soft palate resection, and everted laryngeal saccules excision.

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    Experts on CO2 Laser Surgery

    “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 regularly comment on how good the surgical sites look.”

    Robert Fleck, DVM
    Rain/and Farm Equine Clinic, Woodinville, WA

    “Laser surgery is one such tool with which doctors are able to ensure a less unpleasant surgery. With the laser, there is less bleeding, less pain, and less swelling both during and after the surgery. Laser surgery involves using a laser beam instead of a scalpel blade to cut the tissue. … In areas where the chances of bleeding are high and there is not enough tissue to place sutures to control the bleeding, the use of laser is very helpful. Examples … would be a mass in the ear pinna or on the eyelids or a soft palate excision. Other surgeries with which the laser is beneficial include stenotic nares correction (to adjust complications in the airway), the removal of distichiasis (which are eyelashes growing on an abnormal location of the eyelid, or growing in an unusual direction), and anal sacculectomy (the removal of a pet’s anal glands). Using laser in surgeries provides many benefits, and often makes many surgeries proceed quickly and more smoothly.”

    North Town Veterinary Hospital
    Brampton, ON, Canada

    What is BOAS and BOAS surgery? Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome is a disorder that compromises the upper airway, most commonly in flat-faced/short-headed (brachycephalic) dog and cat breeds. BOAS upper airway abnormalities include elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, laryngeal collapse, extended nasopharyngeal turbinates, among others. A dog or cat with BOAS could be affected by one or more of these abnormalities. Many of these abnormalities can be treated with laser surgery as seen in the before and after photos above.