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We are very fortunate to have multiple surgical modalities available including traditional surgical methods, carbon dioxide laser, and endoscopy/ laparoscopy
Carbon Dioxide Laser
Laser surgical methods are an exciting new field that use an invisible beam of light to make surgical incisions. They provide almost immediate hemostasis (stopping unnecessary blood flow) and may aid in decreasing pain from the surgery. The beam a light used for cutting does not cause crushing, tearing, or bruising to tissues, so healing time may be reduced in these patients. Lasers also help to reduce the risk of infection because it sterilizes an area as it removes tissue, killing potentially infectious bacteria.
Laser surgery is routinely used for canine neuters, feline declaws, ear flap hematomas, and ear canal polyps. They are also ideal for mass removals on your pet's skin. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions about this method of surgery with your pets.
Endoscopes are devices that have tiny cameras embedded on long tubes. These tubes can be inserted into the body in a relatively non-invasive manner and visualize a variety of areas. Endoscopic procedures are preformed under general anesthesia, but the surgical time may be less than a traditional procedure as the endoscope requires only a small hole, if any, for adequate viewing.
Different procedures that are preformed with the endoscope include: