Pet Laser Surgery
At Alta Vista Animal Hospital is pleased to provide our patients with the most advanced surgical technology available, the CO2 Laser. There are numerous advantages to laser surgery.
We strive to provide our patients with the most current surgical procedures and techniques. With accelerated technology and its use in the medical field, we are pleased to incorporate laser surgery and our advanced pet care services. While lasers have been used for decades in aiding human surgeries, they have recently been introduced to the veterinary field with outstanding success. Laser surgery can assist in all soft tissue surgeries and most orthopedic surgeries.
Procedures that can be performed utilizing laser surgery:
- Biopsies or tumor removals
- Spay and neuter
What are the benefits of laser surgery?
Improvements in medical technology and techniques benefit patients, and the implementation of laser surgery in pet medicine is no different. The following are some of the significant advantages of laser surgery:
- Completely sterile – Any bacteria or virus is instantly vaporized with the laser.
- Decreased pain – As a laser cuts, it seals nerve endings, lessening the amount of pain a patient experiences.
- Less bleeding – Lasers cauterize the skin as they cut, sealing blood vessels and allowing the patient to experience less bleeding.
- Less trauma to tissue – Because the laser never touches the surface, there is almost no trauma caused compared to using a surgical blade.
- Little or no need for sutures – In most cases, the reduction of pain allowed by laser surgery limits the number of pets that lick at the wound. Healing also tends to be accelerated, and circulation in the area is better preserved. These improvements significantly reduce the need for sutures. Ultimately the veterinarian will decide if stitches are necessary for your pet’s particular case.
- Minimal swelling – The laser does not touch the skin surface as it cuts, which prevents swelling from trauma caused by a surgical blade. It also seals lymph nodes, thwarting most post-operative swelling.
- More efficient surgery – With laser surgery, the vet can easily manage cuts and efficiently complete the operation.
- Precision in surgery – Because the laser doesn’t bother surrounding tissue and keeps the surgical site free from excess bleeding, the vet can better pinpoint the operation area and maintain more clarity throughout the surgery.
- Faster recovery – Patients experience less pain and can return to regular activity much sooner than patients with sutures or trauma caused by surgery.
If you want to learn more about our laser technology and how it can aid your pet’s surgery, feel free to contact our office.