Laser Surgery, a Less Painful Alternative for Your Pet
The health of your pet is as important to us as it is to you. Laser surgery is a safe, comfortable treatment. We are pleased to offer this exciting new option to traditional surgery. In many procedures the scalpel can be replaced with the laser to provide a much better alternative.
What is a Laser?
A laser is a device that generates an intense beam of light at a specific wavelength.
How does a laser work?
We treat our patients with a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser which is the most advanced type of laser in the medical field. CO2 lasers produce an invisible beam that vaporizes the water normally found in skin and other soft tissue. The laser beam can be precisely controlled so it can remove or cut a small portion of tissue at one time while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected.
Why laser surgery?
There is less pain – The laser seals nerve endings as it moves through tissue. Your pet will feel less pain after surgery. As the laser removes diseased tissue it also kills bacteria that causes infection.
There is less bleeding – The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery, resulting in less bleeding and quicker procedures.
There is less swelling – The laser does not crush, tear or bruise the tissue because there is no physical contact with the tissue. The healing process is rapid and there is less post-operative discomfort. Laser procedures heal differently than traditional surgery resulting in less trauma to your pet. This may shorten the time spent in the veterinary hospital.
Are lasers new?
No, laser technology has been around for more than 25 years. Medical doctors have helped thousands of people with the use of lasers.
What types of procedures are performed with a laser?
While the laser is used for most surgical procedures, feline declaws, skin tumor removals, and treatment of oral conditions in particular is where the laser proves its superiority over other surgical methods. Our doctors will be able to tell you if the procedure your pet needs can be performed with a laser. The power of the laser can be adjusted to allow the doctor to perform very delicate surgeries removing a few cells or a single ingrown hair follicle at a time. Many animal lovers see the laser as the most humane surgical option available. We pride ourselves on staying on the leading edge of technology and medicine, and educating our clients on the various levels of care available. Laser surgery is the future of veterinary medicine, and we feel our clients deserve to have that option when choosing the best care for their pets. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you if the procedure your pet needs can be performed with a laser. For additional information about laser surgery contact our hospital at (386)532-0999.