Andover Animal Hospital
is a Laser Surgery and Therapy Center
What is Laser Surgery and what benefits does it provide for me and my pet?
Our veterinary Aesculight Laser surgery provides the same benefits to pets that human patients have enjoyed for over thirty years: less pain, less bleeding, less infection, less swelling and discomfort after surgery, and the ability to resume normal activities sooner.
The Aesculight veterinary laser can perform a wide variety of surgical procedures on cats, dogs, horses, birds, and other animals. It can be used to make unique bloodless laser incision, as well as to erase unhealthy tissue (e.g. tumors) without excessive loss of blood typical of conventional scalpel based surgery. The laser seals small blood vessels as it cuts, which significantly simplifies the surgical procedure. The laser ablation is so precise that it can selectively remove only a few cells at a time, and the laser beam seals nerve endings, so patients are much more comfortable after treatment. The laser beam kills any bacteria in its path, and also seals lymph nodes, resulting in less post operative swelling and infection.
If you haven't heard about laser surgery, prepare to be amazed. Lasers can be used to erase, or "ablate", tissue, ranging from the aggressive vaporization of entire tumors to the delicate, precise removal of skin layers as thin as 0.1 millimeters. During surgery, laser energy actually seals small blood vessels as it cuts. This sealing action helps pets recover more quickly and provides a clear, dry surgical field for the surgeon, allowing the surgeon to perform procedures more effectively in less time. Shorter procedures shorten anesthesia time, reducing the risks of anesthesia. Laser surgery automatically seals nerve endings. Without a "raw" severed nerve end, the patient feels less pain after surgery. A third sealing action provided by laser energy is to the lymphatic vessels, resulting in less tissue trauma and post-operative swelling. That all translates to more effective surgery, less pain and a faster recovery time. When pets recover quickly, they get to go home faster, making owners and veterinarians happy.
A Cats and Kittens Special Report. The Cutting Edge: Lasers Revolutionize Pet Surgery
Cats and Kittens Magazine, July 2000, pp. 28-29
The CO2 laser option can be used in most surgeries for a very minimal fee.
What is a Therapy Laser?
Our class IV K-Laser therapy laser uses laser energy to reduce pain and inflammation on a cellular level. The care team has witnessed first hand dramatic improvements in pain, swelling, lameness and reduced infection in our patients. Greater than 75% of the patients utilizing the therapy laser have required less pain controlling drugs after treatment. Most treatment sessions require less than 10 minutes with no sedation. Ask any member of our care team for more information on how laser therapy may benefit your pet for acute and chronic conditions. We love talking about this drug and surgery free pain control option!