What is the most efficient soft-tissue surgical laser?
Soft-tissue laser surgery differs from hard-tissue laser surgery (bones and teeth) and laser eye surgery (eye sight corrective surgeries). Each of the aforementioned types of surgery is completed by a different laser (with different wavelengths of light they produce and types of target tissue those wavelengths are most appropriate for). The most commonly used surgical laser in soft-tissue surgery is the CO2 laser. The CO2 laser wavelength of 10.6 µm (micrometers) is highly absorbed by water. Water is the predominant component of soft tissue, which makes the CO2 laser a perfect tool for soft-tissue surgery. Because of its outstanding versatility and precision, the CO2 surgical laser has been the most efficient and superior soft-tissue surgical laser since the 1960s. Laser surgery is widely practiced in many applications of human and veterinary medicine (such as general surgery, dermatology, ophthalmic surgery, ENT, and many other specialties).
Is laser surgery appropriate for my pet?
A laser can perform a wide variety of surgical procedures. The CO2 laser has been used on virtually every kind of animal, i.e. cats, dogs, birds, horses, gerbils, ferrets, rabbits, iguanas, chinchillas, guinea pigs, monkeys, turtles, and even fish! Your veterinarian will be able to tell you if our pet is a candidate for laser surgery, and will help you decide if this is the best treatment option.