Laser surgery for dogs
Painful that it is our dogs is also like us, sometimes ill. Thankfully in today’s world, medicine for dogs is at very high level, like ours. There are no unknowns for today veterinarian. So if its needs they can do laser surgery on our dogs. in forwarding text, I will tell you something about laser surgery, but I sincerely wish that you and your dog will never need to find out more about laser surgery, and don’t be afraid of it, there is some rather simple and quick surgery.
What is a Laser and how does it work?
LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission Radiation. The first laser was developed in, and its use in human surgery became widespread in the late 1980’s.
Many veterinary clinics now offer laser surgery as an alternative to the traditional surgical method. A laser is an intense beam of light that replaces the scalpel as a surgical instrument. The laser seals nerve endings as it cuts so that the pet has less pain during recovery. The laser also speeds surgery by minimizing bleeding, does not crush tissue so reduces post-surgical swelling, and vaporizes bacteria and viruses that may be in the surgical area. The most commonly used veterinary surgical laser is the CO2 laser. The wavelength of the CO2 laser beam is absorbed by the water found in skin and other soft tissue, vaporizing the cells and thereby “cutting” the tissues. The surgeon can control the extent to which the laser beam is absorbed into the surrounding tissue, allowing extreme surgical precision.
What surgeries can be performed with the laser?
Almost any soft-tissue surgery may be performed with the laser. Routine procedures such as ovariohysterectomy (spay) or castration (neutering) are commonly done with the laser. The laser is also used for skin tumor removal, eyelid surgery such as correction of entropion or ectropion, and some mouth and throat procedures. Your veterinarian will discuss whether a laser is appropriate for use during your pet’s surgery.
What are the benefits of laser surgery for my pet?
There are three major advantages of laser surgery when compared to traditional stainless steel surgical scalpels, which are decreased pain, reduced bleeding and blood loss and reduced risk of infection.
Decreased Post-Operative Pain is accomplished when the laser seals the nerve endings as it cuts. This reduces pain impulses from the surgery site in the immediate post-operative period. Also, the decreased pain involved with laser surgery may allow the surgeon to remove small skin tumors using local anesthesia rather than having the pet undergo general anesthesia.
Reduced Bleeding and Blood Loss is achieved through cauterization of blood vessels as the laser beam vaporizes the tissues.
Reduced Risk of Surgical Infection occurs due to the superheating of the tissues at the incision site, destroying any bacteria that are present at the time of surgery.
Here are some of the laser surgery experience:
Deborah from Tampa, Florida
“My husband noticed what appeared to be an enlarged anal gland on our Rottweiler, Hansel. Upon further inspection by our veterinarian (Doc A), we found that it was a blood tumor the size of a golf ball. The veterinarian discussed conventional surgery but recommended a revolutionary surgical procedure utilizing lasers. We trust our veterinarian, so the next day, Hansel underwent laser surgery. When the call came, we were expecting the worst because this was a very risky surgery, but it was successful. Recovery was fast, within two weeks, Hansel was eating & running around like nothing had ever happened.”
Sheryl from Alpharetta, Georgia
“My Shih Tzu, Sage, appeared to be comfortable after her laser surgery. I noticed the site was neither as swollen nor irritated and there is no scar or raised area on her stomach. She seemed to heal faster and was not bothered by the surgical site.”
Brandon from Valrico, Florida
“Jaden, my boxer, had a huge tumor on his front paw. This affected his ability to walk. Other veterinarians tried to treat it with antibiotics, unsuccessfully. Dr. A looked at it and recommended the laser surgery to take out the tumor. What a success! The tumor is all gone and has not come back. And my nine-year-old boxer acts like a puppy again, running and jumping. I could not be happier.”