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Laser surgery case 4: Six-year-old, Irish Draft-cross gelding with multiple melanoma.

Immediately prior to surgery
8 weeks after surgery
This patient presented with multiple melanomata; of particular concern was a large, diffuse, 12 cm x 5 cm mass within the upper left lip which was enlarging rapidly and beginning to interfere with the animal's ability to be bitted and ridden.
The surgery was conducted under general anaesthesia to provide sufficient surgical access. The patient recovered extremely rapidly (he was eating within hours of recovery from the anaesthetic) and without incident, despite the heavy bacterial contamination which is present in the oral cavity. Indeed, within eight weeks of this major oral surgery he was already ready to be worked again, with only a barely-perceptible scar present at the surgical site.