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Bipolar sealing device versus carbon dioxide laser in the excision of the soft palate
Both are very popular techniques to resect the soft palate. The histopathological comparison which method is less traumatic and faster is really interesting!

Eighteen dogs were used to compare histopathological findings following excision of the soft palate using either a bipolar sealing device or a carbon dioxide laser.

Histopathological comparisons were done at 48 and 96 hours after soft palate resection. Mean depths of tissue injury at 96 hours were 3.5 and 3.33 mm for bipolar sealing device and carbon dioxide laser, respectively.

Control of hemorrhage was excellent in all dogs, and none of the dogs developed signs of respiratory compromise after soft palate resection.

Using the bipolar sealing device for soft palate resection was significantly faster than using the carbon dioxide laser, although both techniques were fast.



Source: David Brdecka, Clarence Rawlings, Elizabeth Howerth, Karen Cornell, Kevin Stiffler (2007): A Histopathological Comparison of Two Techniques for Soft Palate Resection in Normal Dogs. In: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 43:39-44 (2007)




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