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When your pet faces the prospect of major surgery, you're understandably concerned -- not only that the surgery goes smoothly, but also that your pet experiences a minimum of discomfort. You can put those fears to rest when you entrust your beloved companion to the veterinarians at Fullerton Animal Hospital in Baltimore. MD. We make a point of offering state-of-the-art healing tools and treatments, and one of the most remarkable of these is veterinary laser surgery to ensure the most accurate, sterile, comfortable procedures possible.
When we talk about the use of lasers in treating animals, it is important to differentiate between laser surgery and laser therapy -- two well-recognized forms of treatment using two very different types of lasers. Pet laser therapy employs a beam of relatively low-frequency light that passes through the tissues without cutting them, usually as a means of providing accelerated tissue repair and drug-free pain relief. In fact, pet laser therapy can prove quite helpful as a post-operative treatment for reducing pain and swelling at the incision site. Laser surgery uses a beam of amplified light tuned to just the right frequency to make fine incisions to a specific tissue depth.
Here are a few reasons to prefer veterinary laser surgery over traditional surgical techniques (when possible):
Less pain - Cutting through tissue almost always necessitates cutting through nerves. The energy of the surgical laser actually seals these nerve endings as it creates its incisions, dramatically reducing the pain your pet feels following the operation. This reduction in pain levels could even make the difference between general and local anesthesia in some procedures.
Less bleeding -The heat of the laser beam cauterizes blood vessels cut during the incision, sealing them almost instantly to facilitate minimal blood loss during the procedure. This benefit also means less post-operative bruising or bleeding under the skin.
Less risk of infection - The smaller, more precise incisions made possible by the surgical laser allows your pet to enjoy a lower risk of exposure to infectious bacteria following the operation. The laser also protects against infection during the procedure by killing bacteria at the incision site.
Laser surgery is particularly popular and useful for the treatment of external conditions such as skin warts, cancerous tumors and cysts. It has also been used for feline de-clawing procedures and various kinds of internal surgeries.
If you want to make sure your furry friend receives the most beneficial surgical care for his particular need and condition, contact our veterinarians at Fullerton Animal Hospital in Baltimore at (410) 665-6996. We can evaluate your pet's current state of health, consider the type and scale of the procedure that needs to be performed, and advise you as to whether our surgical laser is the right tool for the job. Whatever kind of care your pet needs, our team will provide it with our customary skill, experience and "bedside manner!"