Why is Laser Surgery Better?

By November 27, 2013Blog

Laser [Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation] surgery results in less bleeding by sealing small blood vessels, less pain by sealing nerve endings and less swelling by sealing lymphatics.  Laser can incise or ablate tissue cleanly [precise]. Laser vaporizes bacteria, fungi and viruses disinfecting the tissue.

Laser surgery can be used for many common small animal surgeries such as spay, neuter, feline declaw, mass removals, plastic surgery including eyelids and excessive skin folds, gingival hyperplasia in the mouth [common in boxers], resecting elongated soft palate in brachycephalic dogs [like English bulldogs or pugs], to remove anal sacs PU [perineal urethrostomy] in blocked cats, ear ablation [removing the ear canal] or tail/digit [toe] amputation. As you can see, there are many surgical options for laser.

Personally, I have used a CO2 laser for many years. There are many advantages for my patients. Some surgeries are less difficult with a laser, and there is the big added advantage of less pain at the surgery site.

Please consult with your primary care veterinarian if you are considering laser surgery for your pet.

Dr. Lesley Phillips