We are also one of the few North Raleigh Veterinary Hospitals to offer the advanced technology of laser surgery. This incredible surgical tool is revolutionizing the way surgery is performed on our companion animals. The advantages of using laser surgery over traditional scalpel surgery include reduced pain, less bleeding and less swelling, and generally faster recovery times. Many regard the laser as the most humane surgical option available.
How it Works:
During laser surgery, a highly focused laser beam can efficiently ablate (either vaporize or chip away) the living tissue. At the same time, it seals capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings, with significant benefits to both patients and surgeons:
1. Pain Reduction
The Laser seals nerve endings as it “cuts.” This results in decreased pain for our special friends.
2. Swelling Reduction
Laser energy does not crush, tear or bruise tissue because the only thing that touches your pet is an invisible beam of light.
3. Control of Infection
The laser beam operates at a temperature of over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Essentially bacteria are vaporized by contact with the laser beam. This makes it highly effective at killing bacteria that have potential to cause an infection. This is particularly important in areas where it is difficult to prevent bacteria from contaminating the surgical site.
The laser can remove unhealthy tissue while minimizing adverse affects to healthy surrounding tissue.
5. Less Bleeding
The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery, which allows your doctor to perform surgeries with extraordinary precision. This also speeds some procedures reducing the amount of anesthesia required.
6. Recovery Time is Reduced
Less swelling, bleeding and post-operative discomfort results in a shorter recovery period for your pet.
Surgical Laser Procedures:
A laser is ideal for a wide variety of surgical procedures including: