Many of us are familiar with laser surgery techniques and their application in human surgery. It’s not uncommon to hear someone say with wonder, “Oh, but they can do that now with lasers.” People are right to marvel, but do they really know why it’s so awesome?
And do they know laser surgery is available for pets, too?
LASER is actually an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission Radiation. Laser is an intense beam of light that cuts soft tissue. It simultaneously seals nerve ending and blood vessels.
Benefits of Laser Pet Surgery:
- Less pain—Since it seals nerve endings, laser surgery causes less bleeding and inflammation.
- It’s faster—Shorter surgery time also means less risk.
- Less swelling—Trauma to the tissue is decreased, meaning less pain and quicker healing.
- Reduced risk of infection—The heat of the laser kills bacteria, reducing the chance of infection.
….All meaning quicker recovery and a return to normal activity for your pet.
Laser pet surgery can be used in nearly any surgery where a scalpel has been used in the past. However, not all veterinary practices have laser surgery equipment.
In pet surgery, laser methods are particularly advantageous in cat declaws and wart and small mass removals. Read more about pet laser surgery.