Frequently Asked Questions
Why Laser for Pets?
Laser technology, with its medical use dating back to the early 1960's, reduces trauma to your pet, shortens recovery, and often decreases the length of hospital stays for your loved ones. Your Veterinarian is amongst the Top 20% of hospitals nationwide offering laser surgery.
What is a Laser?
Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser is a device that generates an intense beam of coherent light that can cut, seal or vaporize tissue.
What types of lasers are there?
Lasers come in a variety of modalities, each suited for particular needs. CO2, diode, YAG and other types of lasers are all used in human and veterinary medicine. While no laser suits all applications, CO2 lasers are by far the most common laser first purchased by a small or mixed animal practice in veterinary medicine, for the reasons below.
What is a CO2 Surgical Laser?
The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser emits a colorless, infrared light at a specific wavelength of 10,600 microns, which has an extremely high affinity for the intercellular water of cells.
How does a CO2 Surgical Laser work?
The main constituent of cells-water, readily absorbs the wavelength of light produced by the CO2 surgical laser. The spectral absorption of water provides the CO2 laser with the ability to coagulate, cut, char, or ablate/vaporize tissue depending on the power density and the energy level applied by the surgeon. The surgeon can control the extent by which the laser beam is absorbed into surrounding tissue, resulting in an extremely precise tissue incision.
Why should I choose laser surgery for my pet?
A summary of the benefits the laser will provide you and your pet are:
- Less pain
- Less bleeding
- Less swelling
- Extreme precision
- Reduced risk of infection
- Quicker recovery
With the associated laser benefits, your pet will recover quicker and return home sooner.
Are lasers new?
Laser technology has been helping doctors to safely and effectively treat patients since the early 1960's. The principles necessary for the concept of laser development date back to the early 19th century with Bohr's theory of optical resonance. The technology is well proven and it is now being adopted by veterinarians worldwide to improve patient care.