At Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center, our veterinarian in Bowling Green offers a variety of pet surgery options, including everything from spay/neuter procedures to orthopedic surgery and everything in between. If you have recently been told by a veterinarian that your pet is in need of surgery, it's never a bad idea to get a second opinion and to find out as much about your pet's options as possible. Here in our office, we are happy to provide consultations for pets needing surgery and also offer innovative laser surgery as an option for many procedures.
Laser surgery has been used in humans for many years, and in recent years, veterinarians have begun to adapt it to pet surgeries. Specifically, laser surgery refers to a procedure that is performed with a CO2 laser beam, which is aimed at the skin and precisely cuts tissues and vaporizes cells. Essentially, this method allows for surgical precision that simply is not possible with traditional surgical tools.
There are many potential surgeries that can be performed with this laser, though our veterinarian will need to carefully consult with each pet to ensure that he or she is a viable candidate for a safe surgery before scheduling the procedure. One of the more common uses for laser surgery is that of tumor/growth removal. However, some other common applications include:
some oral surgeries
spay and neuter
ear and eyelid surgeries
There are many benefits to using laser surgery for a pet's procedure as opposed to traditional surgical methods. For starters, because of the precision able to be achieved by the laser, there tends to be a lot less bleeding and tissue trauma with laser surgery than with a traditional incision. This is because, as the laser cuts, it also seals off nerve endings. The blood vessels are also cauterized by the laser as it cuts, further reducing bleeding and the risk of complications. This, in turn, can result in faster healing. This also helps to minimize swelling and inflammation after the procedure, which in-turn reduces the risk of infection or other post-surgical complications. Humans also report much less pain following a laser procedure than a traditional surgical procedure, and we can safely assume that this applies to pets as well.
In some cases, laser surgery can also be used in small procedures under local anesthesia instead of general anesthesia, which further reduces risks for pets and provides pet owners with added peace of mind.
If you would like to find out more about our laser surgery services or would simply like to schedule a consultation with our animal hospital, give Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center a call today at 2702079250. We are also happy to provide a special offer to new patients of 10% off their first visit with us, so be sure to take advantage when you call!