A Co2 laser is used to perform various surgeries including neutering, de-clawing, tumor excision, entropion eye surgery and aural hematomas. The use of a laser for surgery is less painful for your pet. The laser creates a much more precise cut than a traditional scalpel, which means there is less swelling, less bleeding, and less pain at the incision site allowing your pet a faster recovery.
State of the Art Surgical Laser Procedures
What is a laser?
A laser generates a highly focused beam of light that can vaporize (cut) or seal (weld) tissue.
What is laser surgery?
In laser surgery, a highly focused laser beam efficiently vaporizes the living tissue while simultaneously sealing capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings, with significant benefits to both patients and surgeons.
What is the most efficient soft-tissue surgical laser?
CO2 surgical laser remains the dominant soft-tissue surgical laser in human and veterinary medicine for over 30 years. The interaction of CO2 laser’s infrared laser light with living tissue provides a fundamentally different approach to surgery. The diameter and power of the laser beam may be adjusted to achieve a desired control over the tissue removal, and the laser is equally adept at excisions, ablations and incisions.
Laser surgery benefits for patients
The laser seals small blood vessels as it cuts; this enables a number of surgical procedures that are not practical with conventional scalpel.
The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics as it cuts, resulting in less pain and edema; the patient experiences a more comfortable post-operative recovery.
Reduced risk of infection
The CO2 laser beam efficiently kills bacteria in its path, producing a sanitizing effect.
Quicker recovery time
Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less pain and less swelling often allow the patient a far more rapid return to normal activities after laser surgery.
Laser surgery benefits for surgeons
Unique surgical capabilities
Laser surgery advances many surgical procedures by making them simpler or by reducing risk; this enables procedures that are not practical with conventional scalpels.
Enhanced visibility of the surgical field
The laser beam seals capillaries and small blood vessels as it cuts, thereby dramatically reducing bleeding, resulting in a much drier and clearer surgical site.
Reduction of surgery time
The hemostatic effect of the laser beam and the improved visibility of the surgical field often reduce the amount of time required to perform the surgery.
Increased precision and control
The diameter of the beam may be adjusted down to a small fraction of a millimeter or expanded to address a much wider coverage. The power of the beam may set for rapid removal of relatively large tissue amounts, or adjusted to remove only one or two cell layers at a pass.