The health of your pet is as important to us as it is to you. We are pleased to offer this exciting new option to traditional surgery in which the scalpel can be replaced with the laser.
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. CO2 lasers produce an invisible beam that vaporizes water normally found in the 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.
The Benefits of Laser Surgery:
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 may result in infection.
Less Bleeding - The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery, resulting in less bleeding.
Less Swelling - The laser does not crush, tear or bruise the tissue because there is no physical contact with the tissue. There is less post-operative discomfort when using the laser. With laser technology, only light comes into contact with the tissue, causing minimal swelling.
Extreme Precision - The laser enables your surgeon to only affect or remove the target tissue, leaving the healthy surrounding tissue untouched. Are lasers new? No, laser technology has been around for more than 30 years. Medical doctors have helped thousands of people with the use of lasers.
What types of procedures are performed with a laser?
A laser is used for most surgical procedures, feline declaws, skin tumor removals, spays, and neuters. 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 in 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 that option when choosing the best care for their pets. For additional information about laser surgery, contact our hospital at 217-245-9508.