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Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists, Chronic Scar Tissue & Lymphatic Obstruction, Labrador Retriever

Author: Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists, Baton Rouge, LA

Signalment:  2 year old, F/S, Labrador Retriever, “Jade”

Presentation:  6 month history of 3-legged lameness with any activity.  Failure of medical therapy; presented to surgeon for amputation.  Treatments applied before laser therapy included:  Rimadyl, Tramadol, Clindamycin, Baytril, Pentoxphylline, Prednisone and Adequan.  These treatments had been given in extended time frames over 5-6 months and patient was still 3-legged lame.  Radiographs, Cytology and culture of scar tissue in area of right hock were obtained and patient was diagnosed with chronic inflammation and probable lymphatic obstruction

Treatment Details:  1100 total Joules delivered to tarsus at 7W, CW (total area = 125 cm2; energy density of 8.8 J/cm2).  Patient received 10 total treatments over 20 days.

Treatment Results:  Before video taken on initial presentation – patient is non-weight bearing on affected leg.  Post video is taken after 10 treatment sessions.  Patient is completely weight bearing and pain free.

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Baton Rouge Veterinary Specialists, Baton Rouge, LA

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