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Surgical Laser Answered

Hi all!
So, I have been volunteering at an animal hospital in my home town, and I have been allowed to observe 11 surgeries so far, 4 of which have been performed with this 30 Watt CO2 Surgical Laser. I would like it if someone could explain to me how a CO2 laser works, and I would be willing to answer any questions. the surgeries I have watched are: (1) a spay on a dalmatian (2) an entropion correction on a bullmastiff (3)a cauterization of a bleeding tail tip (without anesthetic & with me holding the dog down!) and (4)a front declawing of a cat.

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bardon08
bardon08

11 years ago

just an update... I have now worked as a full-time employee at the above mentioned animal hospital for well over a year now, and just yesterday, i assisted in a declaw/spay laser surgery (i operated the smoke evacuation system).

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oskay
oskay

13 years ago

If you have to ask, you probably shouldn't own one! These things are seriously dangerous.

I understand that the only indication that you've looked into one is that your eye makes a "pop" noise when it cooks.

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bardon08
bardon08

Reply 13 years ago

I do not own one. It is at the animal hospital where I am volunteering, and believe me I know that it is a dangerous device: one of the veterinary surgeons I work with - an expert on the dangers of it - told me that the laser beam instantly vaporizes bodily tissue ON CONTACT I have seen the damage that this laser does to bone. The vet gave me a few of the claws from the declawing I watched. Will post pics soon.

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bardon08
bardon08

Reply 13 years ago

The instant-vaporization-on-contact makes for relatively little pain... (just a little parenthetical *oomph* into the discussion)

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 13 years ago

those four... he's sat through 11

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bardon08
bardon08

Reply 13 years ago

exactly... sorry if I was vague on that