Laser surgery has been used in the medical field for a number of decades, but it has only fairly recently become acceptable for use in the veterinary world. Studies have shown that the bodies of many of our pets work in a very similar way to our own, and as a result, also have a positive response to many of the same treatments – including laser-based surgery.
Just as in human medicine, laser surgery for our pets involves using high-intensity beams of light as a surgical tool. While some types of laser can be used for making incisions, replacing the need for a scalpel or knife, others are known as soft-tissue lasers because their purpose is to destroy cells in your pet’s body that is making him sick.
We fully embrace the evolutions in technology that continue to occur in the field of veterinary medicine. As such, we are delighted to be able to offer cutting edge laser surgery for pets in our care.
There are a variety of different reasons that make laser surgeries such as a fantastic choice for your pet’s medical treatment. Here are just a few of the benefits that laser treatment can offer you and your beloved animal.
Greater accuracy and precision. Laser surgery can be performed with pinpoint accuracy and precision, ensuring minimal damage to surrounding tissue and a strong safety profile for the procedure.
Minimal bleeding. Post-operative bleeding is a considerable risk in many different types of procedure. However, laser technology means that the blood vessels of the wound can actually be sealed as the laser cuts. This enables a drastic reduction in the amount of bleeding experienced during the surgery, making some procedures that are simply not possible with a scalpel because of excess bleeding, actually possible.
Your pet may not need sutures. Some types of procedures, such as spaying, do not require sutures when performed using a laser.
Reduced risk of infection. Using a laser offers superior sterility since there is no equipment that needs to be cleaned or replaced between uses. Sealing the wound immediately with the laser also helps to reduce the risk of your pet contracting an infection.
Less pain. In addition to sealing blood vessels, the laser can also deal nerve-endings and lymphatics, resulting in less post-surgical swelling and pain for your pet.
A faster recovery. No owner likes to think of their pet being in pain or struggling to move around. Studies have shown that the use of lasers can dramatically cut healing times, enabling your pet to make a faster recovery and get back to enjoying a full, active life much more quickly.
There are many different treatments and procedures that can potentially be performed using laser technology. These include the following:
Neutering or spaying
Removal of benign masses such as cysts and lipomas
Surgery for pyrometer (an infected wound)
Treating lower GI tract diseases such as gastric ulcers
Skin treatments such as removal of skin tags and warts
When you bring your pet in to discuss his illness, we will be happy to advise you if there is a laser-based surgery or treatment can that help him.
If you would like to know more about laser surgeries for pets, please don’t hesitate to contact our veterinary clinic in Shingle Springs, CA today.