What is a laser?
A laser is a device that produces highly concentrated light beams. A carbon dioxide laser (CO2) is the most widely used type of medical laser. CO2 lasers produce an invisible beam that vaporizes the water normally found in the skin and other soft tissue. The laser beam can be very precisely controlled, so it removes or “cuts” only a thin layer of tissue at a time. The surrounding areas remain unaffected.
What are the benefits of laser surgery?
- Less Pain – The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics. This results in less pain. The patient experiences a far more comfortable post-operative recovery.
- Less Bleeding – As the laser cuts, it seals small blood vessels. This drastic reduction in bleeding enables a number of new surgical procedures that are not practical with a conventional scalpel.
- Less Swelling – Laser energy does not crush, tear or bruise because there is no physical contact with the tissue.
What does this mean for my pet?
- Reduced Risk of Infection – The laser sterilizes as it removes diseased tissue, killing bacteria that cause infection.
- Precision – The laser can remove unhealthy tissue without affecting or removing surrounding healthy tissue.
- Quicker Return to Normal Activities – Healing is rapid and there is less post-operative discomfort.
A laser is ideal for a wide variety of surgical procedures. Laser surgery can correct many common conditions such as cysts, tumors, warts and infections that may occur around the eyes, ears, in the mouth, and anywhere else on the skin. Specialized internal procedures are also possible. Your veterinarian at Austinburg Veterinary Clinic will be able to tell you if your pet’s procedure can be performed with a laser.