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Laser Surgery - Reduces Pain and Speeds Healing

How Can Advanced Laser Surgery Benefit My Pet?
A surgical laser can be used instead of the steel scalpel in a variety of procedures in general surgery, dermatology, ophthalmic surgery and many other specialties. It can be used to make unique bloodless laser incisions, as well as to erase unhealthy tissue (e.g., tumors) without excessive loss of blood typical of conventional scalpel based surgery. When using the veterinary surgical laser, only an intense beam of laser light touches the tissue. The laser is so precise that it can selectively remove only a few cells at a time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a laser work?

A laser is a device that produces an extremely powerful and concentrated beam of light. The way a particular laser works is determined by the specific wavelength of light that it produces. Our surgical laser creates a beam that is even more powerful than a similarly sized beam leaving the surface of the sun. The most common laser is called a CO2 laser, and it produces an invisible beam of light that vaporizes the water normally found in the skin and other soft tissue. The veterinary surgeon can precisely control the laser, only a thin layer of tissue is removed, leaving the surrounding areas unaffected.

What types of procedures are done using a surgical laser?

We do most soft tissue surgeries with laser technology. The laser is ideal for a wide variety of soft tissue procedures for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles and pocket pets. Abdominal surgery such as spaying is one of our most common procedures, along with neutering, tumor removals and declawing. Lasers can be used in dermatology, ophthalmic and minor procedures, too. A rapidly expanding use of the technology is in removal of unsightly warts and cysts. Many owners were previously reluctant to subject their pets to the trauma of surgery, even for these minor procedures. Now they can be performed quickly and easily, with very little pain.

Key Advantages

Less Pain – Laser energy seals nerve endings as it moves through tissue. Without a “raw” severed nerve end, your pet feels less pain after surgery.

Less Bleeding – The laser seals small blood vessels, which allows your veterinarian to perform surgeries with more precision and provides for a clear, dry surgical field. Procedures can be performed in less time, reducing the time your pet is under anesthesia.

Less Swelling – Laser energy does not crush, tear or bruise because only a beam of intense light contacts the tissue. In addition, the sealing action provided by the laser energy to the lymphatic vessels results in less tissue trauma and post-operative swelling. This means less pain and faster recovery time.


Ask Us – We Love to Communicate!
We are excited about the technology that our practice provides in the care of your pet. We love to communicate about the advances in pet health care and the services we offer - Please ask us whenever you have a question on the care of your pet – we’re here to help.

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    ABC Veterinary Hospital
    330 Rancheros Dr
    Suite 102
    San Marcos, CA 92069
    (760) 471-4950

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