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From: Karen Purcell, DVM
Date: 2001-05-29 19:45:00 UTC
Subject: Re: [Ferret-Health-list] Laser surgery


> Are any vets on the list using laser surgery on ferrets?

I have, and I love it! Really wonderful for small tumors on hard
to cut places (like the nose) and absolutely wonderful for anal gland
tumors - minimal bleeding, and cut the surgery time to 1/3 what it
would have been. I've had great recoveries, too.
Sorry if I sound biased, but I thought the laser was really a
wonderful tool for my smaller patients.

Dr. Karen

You wrote:

Larry (our
> vet) has used it on two of ours, a fatty cyst on Princess's side and a
> fibrosarcoma on Tweezle's thigh, and both reacted negatively. The
> incision seeped and a pocket of pus formed under the incision. He did
> adrenal surgeries the same days and didn't use the laser on those and
> those healed normally. I had a time of it trying to keep the incision
> clean on the laser critters, cleaning the area, squeezing out the pus,
> then cleaning the area and applying ointment. Tweezle reacted negatively
> to everything I tried, the most gentle ointments caused the flesh around
> the incision to burn off. I finally tried pouring Colloidal Silver (235
> ppm) over the area and that quickly helped it to heal. On Princess I ran
> out of Colloidal Silver so I applied Neosporin ointment which helped a bit
> but not as quickly as the Colloidal Silver. Both are healed now.

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