Laser Surgery and Therapy
When you hear someone mention a laser, you think about science fiction and some mad scientist experimenting with light. Lasers have become very beneficial in their role in veterinary medicine, and not all lasers are the same. Lasers are a light beam that will perform different tasks depending on the frequency of the light. The two types of lasers we use are for cutting in surgery and healing for therapy. Both of these lasers are used routinely on our surgeries to help reduce pain and promote a quicker recovery.
Laser surgery is recognized in human and veterinary medicine for its benefits to both patient and surgeon. The type of surgical laser we use at Barton Heights is a carbon dioxide laser. The main benefits offered are reduced pain, reduced bleeding, reduced swelling, reduced infection, and a quicker recovery.Reduced Pain
The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings as it cuts through tissue. This reduces the amount of pain the patient feels during and after surgery.
The CO2 laser beam cauterizes and seals small blood vessels as it cuts. This laser energy achieves hemostasis and provides the surgeon with a bloodless surgical field in most procedures.Reduced Swelling
There is no physical contact between the laser and the surgical region, eliminating the tearing and bruising of tissue associated with traditional surgical methods. Lymphatic vessels are also sealed.
Laser energy acts as an antibacterial agent by producing high temperatures, effectively eliminating microorganisms.Quicker Recovery
As a result, all of the above laser surgery provides the benefit your clients will appreciate the most: a quicker recovery for their pet.
Laser therapy involves using a Class IV B cold laser beam that emits positive energy to aid the body in the healing process. This treatment has no side effects and is affordable. Laser therapy helps in 4 ways:
1. Manages pain
2. Reduces inflammation
3. Increases mobility
4. Helps speed recovery
Due to the benefits of the laser, we are recommending the laser to be used immediately after surgery, for arthritis, sprains and strains, ear infections, bladder problems, and joint pain. Our physical rehabilitation department has been using the laser for arthritis and physical rehabilitation and has been having great success. Pain medications have been lowered or even eliminated in some cases reducing the side effect potential of the pain medicine. If you have further questions about the laser and how it can help your pet, please call us at 570-424-6773.