Lisa McCann, DVM, recently visited Christopher J. Winkler, DVM, DABLS, of Suffolk Veterinary Group, located in Selden, NY, to have a mass in her dog’s bladder removed via Aesculight laser surgery. Dr. Winkler welcomed Dr. McCann to assist him during the laser surgery. Dr. McCann was so thrilled with the results and Dr. Winkler’s skills and knowledge, that she wrote Aesculight a letter. Thank you, Dr. McCann for allowing us to share your letter.
March 30, 2017
Dr. Peter Vitruk, PhD
Dear Dr. Vitruk,
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