Crossroads Animal Hospital is pleased to offer laser surgery as an alternative to traditional surgery. Laser surgery is available for a wide variety of procedures. This innovative technique is designed to eliminate the need for steel-blade scalpels.
One of the biggest benefits of laser surgery is that it simultaneously seals capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics and nerve endings, which greatly reduces pain. This also leads to far less blood loss and a more sterile wound, which can minimize the risk of infection and speed the healing process. Traditional scalpel methods do not include this benefit, causing a greater length of healing time for your pet. In addition, pet laser surgery also helps allow procedures that were previously long and complicated to become much more efficient and less invasive.
Advantages of Laser Surgery for Pets
- Reduced Pain
- Less Bleeding
- Decreased Swelling
- A "No Touch" Surgical Technique
- Faster Recovery
What Types of Procedures Can Laser Surgery Be Used For?
Most pet owners are surprised at the types of pet wellness care procedures that involve laser surgery. While this list changes frequently as new methods are discovered, our veterinarians have had great success using laser surgery for the following types of procedures:
- Spay/Neuter/Sterilization Procedures
- Tumor or Mass Removal
- Accident Related Injuries (amputations, wound cauterization, dramatic wound closure, etc.)
- Ophthalmology (Eye) Surgeries
Laser surgery has also become quite common for certain optional or elective surgeries, such as anal sack removal and feline declawing. While these surgeries are not performed to achieve an immediate health benefit, they are necessary in certain situations. The use of the laser allows shorter healing time and less blood loss than other methods used in the past.
If your beloved pet needs surgery, our surgical team is up to the task. We'll do whatever it takes to make your companion animal's procedure a positive, stress-free experience for you both.