Surgery - Laser

LASER: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

A laser is an instrument that produces an intense beam of light at a certain wavelength. This wavelength then produces the energy beam which is used as the surgical scalpel, and is all that touches your pet, instead of a traditional stainless steel scalpel. Laser surgery is not a new procedure and has been used in human surgical procedures for over 30 years. A variety of surgical procedures for dogs, cats, birds and other pocket pets, can be performed using a laser. Many common conditions such as tumors, cysts, warts, infections and growths can be corrected with laser surgery. Specialized internal surgeries can also be performed using our laser. Please discuss your pet's needs with our veterinarians.

SVC is pleased to offer laser surgery as an option for your pet. In many instances the laser can be used in place of a scalpel and provide a better alternative to traditional procedures. Lasers have the unique ability to vaporize tissue (make it disappear), by the use of intense light energy, thus it is a good alternative for mass removals on animals. The laser is very precise and can selectively remove only a few cells at a time. What does that mean for your pet undergoing surgery? The benefits are listed below.

Benefits of Laser Surgery
Less Pain: The laser seals nerve endings, so patients are more comfortable after surgery.
Less Bleeding and Swelling: The laser seals small blood vessels and lymphatics as it moves through tissue, thus resulting in less bleeding and swelling.
Decreased Risk of Infection: As the laser vaporizes tissue it also sterilizes the incision and kills any bacteria present. Thus reducing the risk of post-operative infections.
Accuracy: The laser allows for very precise margins to be removed with unhealthy tissue, thus minimizing the damage to surrounding healthy tissues.
Decreased Recovery Time: Less post-operative pain and swelling leads to a more rapid return to normal activities.