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Laser & Traditional 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. 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.

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 use Laser Surgery?

Laser technology, with its medical use dating back to the early 1960's, reduces trauma to the patient, shortens recovery time, and often decreases the length of hospital stays. The benefits of Laser Surgery include:  Less pain  Less bleeding  Less swelling  Extreme precision  Reduced risk of infection  Quicker recovery

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, soft palate resection, spays and neuters, as well as specialized internal procedures.