The 2023 article, “Use of surgical lasers in small animal dermatology,” by Dr. Jason Pieper in BVA’s InPractice journal, covers the basics of diode and carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers and…
At our clinic, surgical repair of the elongated soft palate (staphylectomy) is performed utilizing a CO2 laser. This allows for palatal muscle resection and simultaneous muscle thinning without the need for surgical sutures.
We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Veterinary Special Issue of the Journal of the American Laser Study Club is now available for no charge, as a download for members (or…
A three-year-old, 4.7-kg, male Nile water monitor lizard presented for decreased appetite of one week, no fecal production for five days, and lethargy.
Due to high vascularity, good visualization during a surgical procedure can be difficult. The CO2 laser provides very good and safe hemostasis during this type of procedure. Combined with other benefits (such as reduced inflammation and postoperative pain among others), the laser is a great tool, allowing both surgeon and patient to benefit.
In my practice, I’m often asked by clients if I might get multiple things done in a single procedure. In patients like Winston, who presented for neuter, the opportunity to prevent worsening of both brachycephalic airway syndrome (BAS) and a left third-eyelid gland prolapse should certainly be communicated and encouraged to the client.
Part 1: Stenotic nares repair with a CO2 laser. Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) is a progressive disorder of the upper airway characterized by primary anatomical abnormalities that increase resistance to airflow and result in restricted breathing.
Using a CO2 laser for oral surgery is a revolutionary concept today just as using digital imaging instead of emulsion technology was 20 years ago. It can be difficult to imagine going back to using chemistries to process radiographs, and it may be just as difficult to imagine using cold, hard steel for oral surgery instead of using a CO2 laser for oral surgery!