Surgery Made Modern
The practice of veterinary surgery has come a long way in terms of its efficiency, safety, and overall success. One of the many reasons for these advancements is the use of the surgical laser.
How It Works
Operated in a non-contact fashion, the CO2 surgical laser is ideal for most soft tissue procedures. The tip of the instrument, which omits a laser wavelength that is highly absorbed by tissue, is held close to but never touches the intended surface. Once the laser makes contact with tissue surface it has the ability to cut, remove, and vaporize tissue, as well as to stop bleeding.
Surgery performed with a CO2 laser has many benefits for both the surgeon and the patient.
For the surgeon, the laser provides the ability to seal capillaries and blood vessels as it cuts, resulting in less bleeding than when a scalpel is used. The reduction of bleeding provides a much clearer surgical site and reduces the need for sutures and bandaging. Along with the laser’s pinpoint accuracy, less bleeding translates into a more efficient and quicker procedure, and lessens the amount of time your pet is under anesthesia.
For the patient, the laser seals nerve endings as it cuts, resulting in less pain and a much quicker post-operative recovery. This also reduces the amount of pain medication administered to the patient. Since there is no scalpel to make contact with the tissue, the laser also lessens the risk of any infection. Less time under anesthesia and a reduction in bleeding, swelling, and pain translate into minimized trauma for the patient, improving his or her chances for a speedy and full recovery.