This BBC special features a flexible fiber CO2 laser surgery on a sea turtle. Large skin tumors caused by fibroma pillomatosis are excised with the laser beam. The video highlights the key points of the CO2 laser surgery, such as non-contact cutting (to prevent contaminating the wound) and excellent hemostasis.
VIDEO – BBC special on Sea Turtle Surgery with a Flexible Fiber CO2 Laser
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Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are used in oral surgery for precisely cutting or vaporizing soft tissue with hemostasis... tissue vaporization is more efficient with the CO2 laser than with other lasers... because of the direct absorption of this wavelength by water.
Jan Bellows, DVM
“Laser Use in Veterinary Dentistry”, Vet Clin Small Anim 32 (2002) 673-692., Elsevier Science, (USA)
Of all the equipment we have ever bought, the laser generated the most income and is the most fun to use.
Pamela Dumont, DVM, CCRP
Godspeed Animal Care, Williamsburg, VA