Lasers are a minimally invasive alternative to traditional surgery. Lasers replace scalpels in many procedures and are useful for a wide range of conditions. Lasers can also be used for therapeutic reasons including reducing inflammation for skin issues, post surgery healing, wound care, etc.
The Driggs Veterinary Clinic has a Luxarcare LX-20SP surgical laser and we strongly believe that the surgical laser has become a very important part of veterinary medicine. We use our surgical laser to perform a variety of different procedures, including: declaw, spay, neuter, tumor removal, skin tags, dental surgery and much more.
The surgical laser works by generating an intense beam of light. This beam of light actually replaces the traditional scalpel blade. Laser energy instantly vaporizes the water found in the tissue allowing it to “cut” or essentially remove extremely small areas of soft tissue. In the process, the energy seals nerve endings and blood vessels as it moves through the tissue resulting in less bleeding, less pain, and virtually no trauma to surrounding tissues.
Benefits of a Surgical Laser:
- Less pain
- Less bleeding
- Less swelling
- Extreme precision
- Reduced risk of infection
- Quicker recovery
The Driggs Veterinary Clinic uses a GradyVet P-3000 Class 4 Laser which is also referred to as cold laser therapy. This form of laser therapy produces a painless application of infrared light that can effectively treat a variety of painful veterinary conditions. The emitted light acts fast on inflammation, stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation and inducing fast re-absorption of fluid buildup; and by interfering with the transmission of the pain impulse to the higher brain centers, therefore inducing analgesia and reducing pain.
Depending on your pet’s condition, most treatments take 3-8 minutes. Once a diagnosis has been established, your pet will not require any blood tests, restraint, sedation or anesthesia to take part in a treatment. To ensure that this experience is pleasant and comforting for your pet, we suggest that the owner be present during each treatment.
Most Common Therapy Indications:
- Pain relief
- Back and joint pain
- Post surgery pain relief
- Wound healing
- Inflammatory conditions
- Accelerated tissue repair and cell regrowth
- Faster wound healing
- Decreases edema
- Reduced fibrous tissue formation
- Anti inflammation
- Pain Relief
- Increased nerve function
- Increased vascular and metabolic activity
- Most treated pets feel better within 12 to 24 hours after treatment