Monday, July 9, 2018
SUCCESSFUL CRYOSURGERY; SKIN TUMOR FREEZING IN A LABRADOR DOG.
Charcoal, a thirteen years old large Labrador was presented for a an ulcerating mass that was growing and disturbing him on his skin. Fine needle biopsy confirmed a tumor which was not malignant, but was growing fast and could transform into a malignancy.
In the exam room with local anesthetic and with Charcoal very busy eating doggy cookies, the tumor was frozen using a small cryo-chamber that fit snugly on the mass. A few cycles of quick freeze and slow thaw were applied with no notable discomfort for Charcoal, who was pleasantly eating his favorite treats all along.
The mass fell off with 14 days and both Charcoal and his owner are delighted that general anesthesia surgery was avoided.
Dr. Ehud Sela
Gentle Vet Animal Hospital, Margate, Florida