Four Paws Animal Hospital
 

Laser Surgery

 Dr. Whitlow has been offering laser surgery since 2008. There are many benefits to laser surgery such as faster healing time, less pain for the patient, less bleeding and less chance of infection.

 Laser surgery is highly recommended for all minor procedures such as growth and wart removals, oral surgeries, and elective surgeries such as spays and neuters. All feline declaws are done by laser procedure without exception.

Laser surgery is recognized in human and veterinary medicine for its benefits to both patient and surgeon. While several types of lasers are used for different applications, the primary device for soft tissue surgery in small and mixed animal practices is a carbon dioxide laser.

Reduced Pain
The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings as it cuts through tissue. This reduces the amount of pain the patient feels during and after surgery.

Reduced Bleeding
The CO2 laser beam cauterizes and seals small blood vessels as it cuts. This laser energy achieves hemostasis and provides the surgeon with a bloodless surgical field in most procedures.

Reduced Swelling
There is no physical contact between the laser and the surgical region, eliminating the tearing and bruising of tissue associated with traditional surgical methods. Lymphatic vessels are also sealed.

Reduced Infection
Laser energy acts as an antibacterial agent by producing high temperatures, effectively eliminating microorganisms.

Quicker Recovery
As a result of all of the above, laser surgery provides the benefit your clients will appreciate the most: a quicker recovery for their pet.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why Laser for Pets?
Laser technology, with its medical use dating back to the early 1960's, reduces trauma to your pet, shortens recovery, and often decreases the length of hospital stays for your loved ones. Your Veterinarian is amongst the Top 20% of hospitals nationwide offering laser surgery.

What is a Laser?
Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser is a device that generates an intense beam of coherent light that can cut, seal or vaporize tissue.

What is a CO2 Surgical Laser?
The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser emits a colorless, infrared light at a specific wavelength of 10,600 microns, which has an extremely high affinity for the intercellular water of cells.

How does a CO2 Surgical Laser work?
The main constituent of cells-water, readily absorbs the wavelength of light produced by the CO2 surgical laser. The spectral absorption of water provides the CO2 laser with the ability to coagulate, cut, char, or ablate/vaporize tissue depending on the power density and the energy level applied by the surgeon. The surgeon can control the extent by which the laser beam is absorbed into surrounding tissue, resulting in an extremely precise tissue incision.

Why should I choose laser surgery for my pet?
A summary of the benefits the laser will provide you and your pet are:

  • Less pain
  • Less bleeding
  • Less swelling
  • Extreme precision
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Quicker recovery

With the associated laser benefits, your pet will recover quicker and return home sooner.

Are lasers new?
Laser technology has been helping doctors to safely and effectively treat patients since the early 1960's. The principles necessary for the concept of laser development date back to the early 19th century with Bohr's theory of optical resonance. The technology is well proven and it is now being adopted by veterinarians worldwide to improve patient care.

What Type of Procedures Can a Laser Perform?
A laser is ideal for a wide variety of procedures for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, horses and other animals. The most widely recognized procedure amongst pet owners is the feline laser declaw. Additional procedures include but are not limited to the removal of cysts, tumors and warts, as well as specialized internal procedures.

 

 

 

 

 

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