Veterinary CO2 Laser Surgery
Dermatology Clinic for Animals is excited to announce that we are now offering CO2 laser surgery. CO2 laser surgery can lead to less post-operative pain, bleeding, and inflammation.
Dr. Wyatt performs laser procedures on many conditions, including:
- Sebaceous adenomas
- Follicular cysts
- Acral lick granulomas
- Interdigital cysts
- Small skin and ear masses/cysts
- Viral papillomas – warts
- Cutaneous hemangiosarcoma
If you are interested in laser procedure, please call us to schedule a consultation. Dr. Wyatt then will be able to determine if your pet is a candidate for laser surgery, and will help you decide if this is the best treatment option.
Laser is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission radiation.
The veterinary CO2 lasers can perform a wide variety of surgical procedures. Laser ablation is so precise that it can selectively remove only a few tissue cells at a time if needed. At the same time, it is powerful enough to de-bulk entire tumors. It can be used to make unique bloodless laser incisions, as well as “erase” unhealthy tissue (e.g. tumors, fibromas, etc.) without excessive loss of blood unavoidable in conventional scalpel surgery.
Laser surgery benefits for patients
- Minimized Bleeding: As it cuts, the laser beam seals small blood vessels. This drastic reduction in bleeding enables a number of new surgical procedures that are not practical or even possible with a scalpel, such as tumors and lesions inside the throat, nose and oral cavity, some types of eye surgery, nasal hyperkeratosis treatment, and many more. Better visualization of the surgical site allows the veterinarian to cut more precisely, avoiding unnecessary trauma to healthy surrounding tissues. In addition, some procedures do not require sutures, when done with the laser. Excellent visibility provides another huge advantage of CO2 laser surgery, i.e. the veterinarian completes the surgery faster. Shorter procedures shorten anesthesia time, reducing the risks of anesthesia. In addition, some laser-assisted procedures can be performed in conjunction with others to save the patient time under anesthesia. Finally, better visibility ensures a better esthetic result.
- Less Pain: The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics, resulting in less post-operative swelling and pain. The patient experiences a far more comfortable post-operative recovery.
- Reduced risk of infection: Sanitizing effect is one of the unique features of the CO2 laser beam. It efficiently destroys bacteria in its path (sanitizing effect). Also, CO2 laser surgery is performed in a non-contact mode – the laser tip does not touch the target tissue during surgery, which minimizes the risk of infection even more.
- Faster recovery time: Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, pain and swelling, less time under anesthesia, often allow the patient a speedy recovery after the surgery and pets walk, eat, drink, or play much sooner than after conventional scalpel surgery.