Your pet’s health is as important to us as it is to you. We are pleased to offer laser surgery as an exciting option for safe, comfortable treatment. In many procedures, the laser can replace the scalpel and provide a better alternative to traditional surgery.
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?
The way a laser works is determined by the particular wavelength of light that it produces. For example, the carbon dioxide laser- the most commonly used surgical laser in the world- produces an invisible infrared bean light. The wavelength of the carbon dioxide laser beam is selectively absorbed into the water found in skin and other soft tissue, vaporizing the cells. However, the surgeon can control the extent to which the wavelength is absorbed into surrounding tissue, allowing extreme surgical precision. Lasers with different wavelengths are used for different surgical procedures, such as incisions and coagulation.
Why Laser Surgery?
The laser seals nerve endings as it “cuts.” As a result, your pet will experience less pain and be more comfortable post operatively.
The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery, which allows your doctor to perform surgeries with extraordinary precision. This also speeds some procedures reducing the amount of anesthesia required. A laser is ideal for a wide variety of surgical procedures for dogs, cats, horses and exotics. Laser surgery can correct many common conditions such as cysts, tumors, warts, and special procedures around the eyes, ears and mouth. De-clawing cats with a laser drastically decreases post-operative discomfort allowing normal function much sooner. Specialized internal procedures are also possible with a laser.
Laser energy does not crush, tear or bruise tissue because the only thing that touches your pet is an invisible beam of light
What Does this Mean to My Pet?
Reduced Risk of Infection:
The laser beam operates at a temperature of over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Essentially bacteria are vaporized by contact with the laser beam. This makes it highly effective at killing bacteria that have potential to cause an infection. This is particularly important in areas where it is difficult to prevent bacteria from contaminating the surgical site.
The laser can remove unhealthy tissue while minimizing adverse effects to healthy surrounding tissue.
Quick Return to Normal Activities:
Recovery is rapid and there is less post-operative discomfort meaning shorter recovery period for your pet.