There are a great number of published articles and reviews, as well as numerous books, devoted to soft tissue laser surgery across many medical specialties, including veterinary surgery. These published materials cover the following three important aspects of laser surgery:

Clinical Benefits: a partial list can be found on the References & Links page. Copies of some articles may be requested from VetScalpel (please Contact Us).

Return on Investment and Marketing: articles may be requested from VetScalpel, please Contact Us.

Laser Technology (including laser and accessories handling, maintenance, and cost of ownership): of particular interest to veterinarians who consider adopting laser surgery for their clinics, are opinions of independent laser surgery experts published on these pages.

VetScalpel offers multiple means to assist you in mastering the use of a new laser system. When you purchase a VetScalpel laser, your representative will install your laser at your office and thoroughly train you and your staff on all aspects of the laser’s operation, clinical applications, and successful implementation. You will receive Aesculight/VetScalpel’s Compendium of CO2 Laser Case Studies a large illustrated volume of suggested surgical techniques and laser settings for approximately a hundred common laser procedures. Much of this information is also available on the laser system’s display screen by accessing the laser’s internal library of case studies. Also included is a USB with Dr. John C. Godbold’s “Atlas of CO2 Laser Surgery Procedures.”

There are abundant opportunities to further your laser education. VetScalpel sponsors regional continuing education workshops throughout the year, including the ones at the major conferences and regional conventions. VetScalpel also collaborates with many veterinary colleges in hosting introductory and advanced wet labs and workshops – please see our Events and Blog pages.

Clinical Atlas of CO2 Laser Surgery Procedures

Step-by-Step Slideshows and Videos – Now Available on USB

Please call us at 1-866-589-2722 to order your copy today.

As a clinician who utilizes a laser – would you like to incorporate more laser surgeries into your practice? The “Clinical Atlas of CO2 Laser Surgery Procedures” can help laser surgeons learn to better utilize their lasers, perform more laser surgeries, and in effect increase their revenues from laser surgery. The atlas also includes information about laser safety, CO2 laser-tissue interaction and most efficient surgery techniques.

The procedures in the Atlas reflect the diversity of applications in which a CO2 laser can be used in a small animal veterinary practice. All surgeries were performed utilizing CO2 lasers with the flexible hollow waveguide delivery system. The Clinical Atlas is compatible with Windows 7/8/10 and can be installed from the USB drive.

Clinical Procedures (Step-by-step slide shows and videos)

Ano-Uro-Genital Procedures (8)

  1. Anal Sac Excision – Closed Technique
  2. Anal Sac Excision – Open Technique
  3. Cystotomy
  4. Cystotomy – Transitional Cell Carcinoma Ablation
  5. Feline Perineal Urethrostomy – Traditional
  6. Feline Perineal Urethrostomy – Modified
  7. Perianal Adenoma
  8. Preputial Stricture

Miscellaneous Soft-Tissue Procedures (11)

  1. Abscess Incision and Drainage
  2. Digital Fibroma Excision
  3. Enterotomy
  4. Liver Biopsy
  5. Sebaceous Cyst
  6. Toenail Lasing
  7. Choledochotomy
  8. Elbow Hygroma
  9. Lick Granuloma
  10. Persistent Right Aortic Arch
  11. Thyroidectomy

Oral Procedures (9)

  1. Acanthomatous Epulis
  2. Gingivectomy
  3. Lingual Plasmacytoma
  4. Oral Mucosal Hyperplasia
  5. Tissue Sculpting
  6. Feline Stomatitis
  7. Gingival Hyperplasia
  8. Oral Fibrosarcoma
  9. Sublingual Sialocele

Respiratory Procedures (8)

  1. Laryngeal Paralysis
  2. Nasal Hyperkeratosis
  3. Soft Palate Resection
  4. Stenotic Nares – Feline
  5. Laryngeal Saccule Eversion
  6. Nasal Planum Resection
  7. Stenotic Nares – Canine
  8. Ventriculocordectomy

Ear Procedures (4)

  1. Aural Hematoma
  2. Cerumen Gland Adenocarcinoma
  3. Ear Canal Polyp
  4. Ear Crop

Eye Procedures (10)

  1. Cherry Eye
  2. Entropion
  3. Feline Squamous Cell Carcinoma – Eyelid
  4. Indolent Ulcer
  5. Laser Keratectomy
  6. Distichiasis
  7. Eyelid Melanoma
  8. Feline Squamous Cell Carcinoma – Third Eyelid
  9. Lacrimal Punctotomy
  10. Meibomium Gland Tumor

Oncological Procedures (9)

  1. Basal Cell Tumor Ablation
  2. Histiocytoma
  3. Mammary Lumpectotomy
  4. Melanocytic Nevus
  5. Tumor Excision and Ablation – Ear Cartilage
  6. Hemangioma
  7. Incisional Biopsy
  8. Mastectomy
  9. Sebaceous Hyperplasia – Adenoma

Orthopedic Procedures (5)

  1. Dewclaw Amputation
  2. Gerbil Tail Amputation
  3. Stifle Imbrication – Laser Assisted
  4. Tail Amputation
  5. Toe Amputation

Reference Articles (7)

  1. Laser Settings
  2. Tips and Tidbits to Make Your Laser Easier To Use
  3. Why Using Your Laser Should Be Non-Optional
  4. Standardized Recording System For Hollow Waveguide CO2 Surgical Laser Settings
  5. SuperPulse – Is it Really Super?
  6. The Sticky Question – Which Tissue Adhesive Should I Use?
  7. Through The Handpiece: A Focused Look at CO2 Laser Delivery Systems

New Developments for CO2 Lasers

  1. The First Tipless Handpiece for Hollow Waveguide Lasers
  2. Tipless Handpiece Video

About the Author

Dr. John C. Godbold, DVMDr. John C. Godbold, Jr., DVM, is a world-renowned expert and teacher of CO2 laser surgery.
He has led hundreds of laser surgery workshops, wet-labs, and CE meetings throughout the U.S. and Europe.

The Atlas also features contributions from seven other prominent laser surgeons: Ray Arza, DVM; Daniel M. Core, DVM; Jeff Goodall, DVM; David Helland, DVM; C. Carr Hyatt, DVM; Jacque Marie Leclerc, DVM; and Peter Lukasik, DVM.

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The recommended wattages, focusing tip sizes and waveforms are safe starting points for beginner veterinary surgeons. The materials in the atlas are not a replacement for in-depth training in laser physics, laser safety, and applications of veterinary CO2 laser surgery.

CO2 Medical Laser Safety Training – Online

Take the Online CO2 Medical Laser Safety Training from the Laser Institute of America (the highest authority on laser safety since they developed the regulations and maintain it). American Laser Study Club members receive a massive discount when taking this course. To find out how you can get this discount, click here.

To become an American Laser Study Club member and take advantage of the benefits, click here.

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American Laser Study Club

To become an American Laser Study Club (ALSC) member, and take advantage of this and many other benefits, click here.

About the ALSC

The ALSC’s mission is to fill the void in current laser surgery education (i.e., the physics of laser-tissue interaction, such as absorption, scattering, ablation, coagulation and hemostasis, soft and hard tissue ablation, laser safety, etc.) and help veterinarians, physicians, dentists, and practice staff members to excel at efficient and safe application of laser energy in everyday practice.