Laser Surgery

The veterinarians and staff at Monongahela Animal Hospital are committed to providing state-of-the-art veterinary care. We are one of the first facilities in our area to offer the benefits of laser surgery for your pet. The carbon dioxide laser produces an invisible beam of light, which heats and vaporizes tissue almost instantaneously without any physical contact. This is done so precisely that the normal surrounding tissues are hardly affected. Pet surgery is made gentler with laser surgery.

Due to the lack of physical contact, the laser does not tear, crush or bruise tissue. The laser is able to seal nerve endings and small blood vessels as it "cuts."

The combined effect of laser surgery provides the following benefits:

  • Laser Surgery Less pain: The laser seals nerve endings as it moves through body tissue. Without a "raw" severed nerve end, your pet feels less pain after the surgery is completed.
  • Less bleeding: The laser seals small blood vessels as it cuts, resulting in less bleeding as well as less swelling.
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Faster recovery: With decreased bleeding, swelling and pain, laser surgery reduces your pet's post-surgery recovery time.

One of the most remarkable advantages of laser surgery is the ability to perform a laser declaw. The laser has revolutionized declawing. During a laser declaw, the light beam seals the nerve endings and kills bacteria in the procedure area, reducing pain and the chance of post-operative infection. This new technique is much more humane than the traditional method of declawing as it dramatically decreases the pain involved in the surgery. Cats return to normal activity soon after the procedure is finished.

Another area where the laser has proved particularly effective is in cancer-related surgeries and the removal of other harmful masses. Malignant masses can be removed more precisely, reducing the risk of the cancer's return.

Lasers can be used in minor procedures as well. A rapidly expanding use of the technology is in the removal of unsightly warts and cysts. Many owners had been reluctant to subject their pets to the trauma of surgery, even for these minor procedures. Now they can be performed quickly and easily, with very little pain.

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