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The Vital Role of Early BOAS Surgical Intervention with VetScalpel

    As the popularity of brachycephalic breeds like French Bulldogs and Pugs continues to rise, veterinarians are increasingly encountering cases of brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS). Dr. Boaz Man, a leading educator in VetScalpel laser surgery, emphasizes veterinarians’ ethical responsibility to recognize and treat dogs struggling to breathe. “We have an ethical responsibility to not only recognize a dog who can’t breathe, but to help them.”

    In his newly published article, “Surgical intervention for brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome: A rewarding skill for general practitioners,” on the AAHA website, Dr. Man shares his insights on the importance of early surgical intervention. Given their continuous relationships with patients and clients, he argues that general practitioners are well-positioned to perform these surgeries.

    Dr. Man’s use of VetScalpel in BOAS surgeries showcases the laser’s ability to reduce bleeding and swelling, making the procedure more manageable and effective. His viral social media posts highlight the dramatic improvement in dogs’ breathing post-surgery, demonstrating the profound impact of these interventions.

    Dr. Man offers guidance on training and preparation to support veterinarians interested in adopting these techniques. He recommends learning about surgical lasers and pursuing continuing education through resources like the American Laser Study Club’s Veterinary Laser Surgery Symposium.

    Through Dr. Man’s guidance, general practitioners can better address BOAS, providing relief for affected dogs and expanding their surgical repertoire to include these life-changing procedures.

    Read Dr. Man’s full article on the AAHA website