Laser Surgery at the Vet Hospital
Our hospital offers Laser Surgery Services. Laser surgery is surgery performed using a laser instead of a scalpel to cut tissue. Laser surgery uses an intense beam of light that is precisely focused to cut tissue. The energy contained in the laser beam vaporizes the water found in body tissues, allowing a precise “cut” that seals blood vessels and nerve endings, resulting in less bleeding and pain. Additional benefits of laser surgery are reduced swelling at the surgery site, reduced risk of infection, and a quicker recovery.
A surgical laser has many applications in veterinary medicine, including feline de-claws, mass removals, dental procedures, and upper airway surgery (soft palate resection and stenotic nares) in brachycephalic breeds such as the Bulldog and Pug. Please ask our staff veterinarians if laser surgery is right for your pet.
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The specific type and brand of the laser that we employ is…
Laser Therapy reduces inflammation with vasodilation, activation of the lymphatic drainage system, and reduction of pro-inflammatory mediators. As a result, inflammation, erythema, bruising, and edema are reduced.
Laser Therapy of diseased and damaged tissue produces a suppression of nociceptors, an increase of stimulation threshold, and an increased release of tissue endorphins. The result is a decreased patient perception of pain.
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. Laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they can take on nutrients and get rid of waste products more quickly.
Improved Vascular Activity
Laser light significantly increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue. This speeds the healing process, resulting in more rapid wound closure.
Increased Metabolic Activity
The energy from photons of laser light is captured by chemical complexes within cells resulting in activation of enzyme systems and increased energy delivered into cellular metabolic processes.
Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points
Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger and acupuncture points without mechanical invasion to provide musculoskeletal pain relief.
Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue.
Improved Nerve Function
Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue results in numbness and impaired limbs. Laser therapy accelerates nerve cell regeneration.
Therapy laser photons have an effect on immune systems status through stimulation of immunoglobins and lymphocytes. Laser therapy energy is absorbed by chromophores (molecular enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP, which is the major carrier of cellular energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
Faster Wound Healing
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts produce collagen, which is predominant in wound healing in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.
Now that you understand how your patients can benefit from Class IV Laser Therapy, learn how your practice stands to benefit as well…
View the laser therapy administration process in our animation below.
Laser Type: Class IV, Solid State
Laser Wavelength: 980 nm
Laser Power: 0.5W to 9W
Operating Modes: CW or Pulsed
Aiming Beam: 650 nm, 4.5 mW
Weight: 4 lbs | 1.8 Kilograms
Power Requirement: 100 to 240VAC/50-60Hz
Application-Specific Treatment Attachments: 4
Includes: Patented Laser-Contact Ball
Fiber: Includes Empower™ Delivery System: Premium, Double-sheathed, and Rubber Coated, 800 Microns in Diameter
Handpiece: Finger Switch