Laser surgery is a safe, minimally invasive procedure for pets. It is typically quick to perform and results in a speedy recovery process.
At Animal Care Center and Pet Care Center, we are among the few veterinary practices in the Hammond and Ponchatoula, Louisiana, areas to offer this service.
How Does Laser Surgery for Pets Work?
During laser surgery, we use a laser device to operate on your pet. The laser produces a special beam of light that penetrates skin and tissue.
CO2 laser surgery is the most common procedure for pets. The light emitted by a CO2 laser beam gets absorbed by water in the skin and soft tissue, vaporizing the cells to make cuts. The laser also cauterizes the tissue, which speeds up the procedure and helps kill bacteria.
The vet controls the level of laser beam absorption into the tissue, resulting in exceptional surgical precision.
Benefits of Laser Surgery for Pets
Compared to traditional surgery, laser surgery offers several important benefits for your pet:
In most instances, your pet will experience very little pain after laser surgery. The laser seals nerve endings as it cuts, preventing the raw ends characteristic of scalpel blades and reducing pain at the surgical site.
Whenever an incision is made with scissors or a scalpel blade, the tissue becomes inflamed. With laser surgery, only the laser beam comes in contact with the tissue. The lessened contact and simultaneous cauterization result in less swelling after surgery.
Decreased Risk of Infection
The laser beam operates at 200 degrees Fahrenheit, making it highly effective at killing bacteria that cause infection. This is especially important in surgical situations where it’s difficult to prevent bacteria contamination, such as declaws and abscess removals.
Minimized Surgical Bleeding
When a vet makes an incision with a scalpel, the blade cuts small blood vessels and tissue that can bleed throughout the surgery and after it. Since a laser beam cauterizes as it cuts, it results in much less bleeding. With minimized bleeding, the procedure can move faster, and your pet will heal more quickly.
Common Pet Laser Surgery Procedures
Many soft-tissue surgeries can be performed using a CO2 laser. Some routine pet laser surgeries include:
- Mass removals (such as tumors, cysts and polyps)
Pet Laser Surgery in Hammond & Ponchatoula, LA
Animal Care Center and Pet Care Center have been the Northshore community’s top choices for veterinary services for over 38 years. Contact us today to learn more about laser surgery for your pet and schedule an appointment.