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Veterinary Laser Surgery: A Practical Guide

Veterinary Laser Surgery: A Practical Guide

Noel A. Berger, Peter H. Eeg

ISBN: 978-0-470-34449-1

Jan 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

234 pages

Description

Surgical and therapeutic use of lasers began in human medicine in the early 1960s. Technology and equipment advanced rapidly. Over the last ten years veterinarians have been exploring the many potential advantages that various lasers provide their patients. Because laser light energy can be applied directly to target tissue or administered to distant lesions at a remote site through fiberoptic components, laser surgery has become an invaluable and growing veterinary surgical resource. Unlike many medical technologies, the size, reliability, and portability of lasers have improved so rapidly that they are now both economically and practically feasible for the general and specialty veterinarian. Routine laser use in veterinary medicine stands poised to gain large-scale general acceptance for everyday routine and specialty procedures.


Written by experts in the field, Veterinary Laser Surgery: A Practical Guide strives to help general and specialty veterinary practitioners understand, implement and expand the use of laser energy in safe and rational ways for both surgical and therapeutic procedures to further improvement the veterinarians ability to enhance the patient’s quality of life.



  • PRACTICAL PICTORIAL GUIDE / ATLAS feature that includes 31 case studies of the most common laser surgery procedures. Broad spectrum of specific laser information, including chapters covering basic laser physics through specific laser surgery techniques and pain management.
  • Special sections on CO2 and Diode laser wavelengths.
  • Provides veterinarians with skills and techniques to improve the comfort and quality of patients’ lives through appropriate laser use.
  • User-friendly format makes referencing easy.
  • A practical reference for specialty and general veterinarians.

Foreword ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Part I Theory of Laser Surgery 1

1 General Principles of Laser Energy and Biophysics 3

2 Power Density and the Basic Effects of Radiant Energy on Tissue 19

3 Fundamentals of Laser-Tissue Interactions 29

4 Types of Laser-Tissue Interaction Related to the Rate of Heat Transfer Through Soft Tissue 43

5 Laser Systems, Wavelengths, and Technology Selection 63

Part II Practical Laser Surgery 77

6 Safety Considerations 79

7 Economic Considerations for Use of Laser Energy in Veterinary Medical Practice 91

8 Pain Management Considerations for Laser Surgery Procedures 101

Part III Clinical Laser Technique and Procedures 109

9 Diode Lasers in Small Animal Veterinary Medicine 111

10 Introduction to Clinical Applications of CO2Laser 139

Energy in Veterinary Medical and Surgical Services Case Studies 183

Suggested Reading 225

Index 227


  • PRACTICAL PICTORIAL GUIDE / ATLAS feature that includes 31 case studies of the most common laser surgery procedures. Broad spectrum of specific laser information, including chapters covering basic laser physics through specific laser surgery techniques and pain management.
  • Special sections on CO2 and Diode laser wavelengths.
  • Provides veterinarians with skills and techniques to improve the comfort and quality of patients’ lives through appropriate laser use.
  • User-friendly format makes referencing easy.
  • A practical reference for specialty and general veterinarians.