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Laser Surgery FAQ's
What is Laser Surgery?
Traditional surgery with a scalpel or scissors can bruise or crush tissue. When we use the laser, only an intense beam of light touches your pet, which minimizes the pain, swelling and bleeding often associated with surgery.
What Is a laser?
A laser is a device that produces an extremely powerful and concentrated beam of light. In fact, our surgical laser creates a beam of light that is even more powerful than a similarly-sized beam leaving the surface of the sun. There are many exciting uses for lasers in medicine. Years of experience in veterinary and human medicine went into the design of our laser, which was made specifically to provide superior care for pets.
How does laser surgery work?
The laser has the unique ability to vaporize or 'erase' tissue. The laser can be used to make incisions, as well as to erase unhealthy tissue. the laser is so precise that we can selectively remove only a few cells at a time. The laser seals the nerve endings, so patients are much more comfortable after surgery. Not only does the laser kill bacteria in its path, it also seals the lymph vessels, so there is much less swelling post-operatively.
What are the advantages to Laser Surgery?
We are proud to be one of the first veterinary hospitals to provide the many advantages of laser technology to our patients. Now your pet can benefit from the same properties of laser that human patients have experienced for over twenty years: less pain, swelling and discomfort after surgery, and the ability to resume normal activities sooner
Less pain and swelling promotes a quicker recovery
Less bleeding simplifies surgery and may reduce the need for anesthesia
Sanitizing effect of the laser beam reduces the risk of infection
Our practice has made this substantial investment in order to offer you the best possible healthcare for your pet.
Is laser surgery appropriate for my pet?
A laser can perform a wide variety of surgical procedures on cats, dogs and other animals. Dr. Edwards will be able to to tell you if your pet is a candidate for the benefits of laser surgery and will help you decide if this is the best option for your pet.