Blue Sky Animal Hospital Professional Corporation

14 Gertrude St W
North Bay, ON P1A 1J3

(705)472-1570

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Laser FAQ

 

1. Why should I opt for the use of a laser for surgery for my pet?

Laser technology reduces trauma to your pet, shortens recovery, and often decreases the length of hospital stays for your loved ones.

A summary of the benefits the laser will provide you and your pet include:

  • less pain
  • less bleeding
  • less swelling
  • extreme precision
  • reduced risk of infection
  • quicker recovery

 

2. 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 light that can cut, seal or vaporize tissue.

 

3. What types of lasers are there?

Lasers come in a variety of styles, 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.

 

4. What is a CO2 surgical laser?

The Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser emits a colorless, infrared light at a specific wavelength, which has an extremely high affinity for the intercellular water of cells.

 

5. 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 Nineteenth Century. The technology is well proven and it is now being adopted by veterinarians worldwide to improve patient care.

 

6. What types of procedures can a laser perform?

  • Declaws: Scalpel blade is the traditional way used to declaw, it can be painful and time consuming. Laser surgery to declaw decreases the pain a cat may have.
  • Ear Hematoma: One of the CO2 laser features, selectively and gently going through layers of tissue, makes the CO2 laser excellent for ear hematoma's due to the small opening need to drain the fluid.
  • Skin Tumor: Laser can completely ablate the small tumor lesion and make pets have less discomfort during the recovering time.
  • Dog Neuter/Spay: CO2 laser can also treat dog neuters due to the advantages of minimal bleeding and less pain.
  • Amputation: The laser is particularly good at amputations. Minimal bleeding during the laser surgery allows the surgery to perform much faster.