‘I learned about MLS® Laser Therapy while I was looking for an innovative therapeutic solution that could be used in the field of unconventional animals. My goal was twofold: trying to take care of their injuries, often difficult to treat, and reducing treatment time. When I came across this therapy, I immediately contacted ASAlaser directly to learn more about it both in terms of method and devices.’ Giordano Nardini, ECZM Dept. (Herpetology), European Specialist in Zoological Medicine of the Veterinary Clinic Modena Sud, explained so his approach to ASA’s laser therapy. The intrinsic characteristics of the therapy that distinguish it from other methods contributed in making MLS® the correct answer to his needs.
Q. From the search, to learning more about it, to the adoption of MLS®, the path was short. What contributed to your choice?
A. MLS® is different from other therapeutic solutions for various reasons, starting from the total absence of pain during treatment and the reduction of the stress level in the patient. A further added value in the case of aquatic species is that they can re-enter the water immediately after treatment, thus avoiding further imbalances.
Q. Other characteristic factors of MLS® that contributed to its adoption in the clinic?
A. The reduction of treatment application time and the presence of pre-set protocols for different species and pathologies have been important factors at the time of choice. As well as the possibility to customize the treatment by varying the individual parameters. Each case can be similar but never the same as another.
Q. Animal and owner: how is MLS® Laser Therapy perceived by the two?
A. The animal normally does not need particular constraining during the treatment and the owner is generally in favour of the therapy. There are cases of scepticism linked to a lack of knowledge about the functioning of the laser and the results it can produce. In particular, those who do not know the effects on humans sometimes find it difficult to accept them for their animal.
Q. Case studies can help. For which pathologies has MLS® proved its effectiveness?
A. Definitely for wounds, both surgical and traumatic, inflammations, oedemas, pain, itching, oral infections and muscular pains Laser Therapy is able to produce valuable results, even quickly.
Q. A case that more than others is evidence of this effectiveness?
A. Among the many, I remember the case of Marta, a 20-year-old Hermann tortoise of 1,200 kg of weight found crushed by a truck while she was working on her backyard. She had a tear in the left side of the carapace with bone loss in the bridge region with exposure of the coelomic membrane. The injury was about 40 cm2 but without internal fractures nor lesions to vital organs. The lesion of the bridge, however, was very insidious for the stability of the carapace, disunited. We proceeded with an osteosynthesis to stabilize the carapace by inserting a Kirshner nail. Then we set up different therapies: antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, rehydration, dry moist bandages, and MLS® Laser Therapy with a ‘contaminated injury’ program once a day for 10 days.
A. After this first session the tortoise was out of danger of infection and the lesion was clean, no longer at risk of infection. At the end of this cycle, we continued with the Laser Therapy on alternate days, for 2 months, and then twice a week for another 2. At this point the therapy was suspended and the lesion was cicatrised with mature connective tissue of hard consistency on the edges. In the following 4 months the wound completed the mineralization and pigmentation.
Q. Satisfied with the recovery times and methods?
A. Definitely. The cicatrisation of injuries of this type is very long and difficult; reducing the risk of infection and healing time is also important for the dehydration that a tortoise with such an injury faces.