What is a CO2 laser?
A CO2 laser is a type of gas laser and surgical tool that is used for many common surgeries today. It’s preferred by most veterinarians due to its ease of use, extreme precision, decreased pain, and a higher level of comfort for pets during surgery when compared to its stainless steel counterparts.
How does it work?
Unlike other lasers, the CO2 laser uses a beam of light that is absorbed by water found in the skin and other soft tissue, vaporizing the cells and thereby cutting the tissues. One of the most impressive features of the CO2 laser is that it actually seals nerve endings as it cuts, closing blood vessels and preventing blood loss.
The Advantages of Using a CO2 Laser for Surgical Procedures Include:
- Less Pain: The speed at which the laser cuts tissue means that there is less time for nerves to become irritated, which leads to less postoperative pain.
- Less Bleeding: The CO2 laser cauterizes as it cuts, sealing blood vessels along the way and reducing bleeding. This also reduces swelling and makes it easier for your pet to heal faster after surgery.
- Reduced Likelihood of Infection: When the CO2 laser cauterizes, this seals off any open wounds and prevents them from getting infected or swollen when exposed to bacteria in the air.
- Faster Healing Time: Because there is little bleeding when using the CO2 laser, and no need for stitches, your pet will spend less time in recovery after surgery
- Reduced Need for Postoperative Pain Medication: Due to its fast healing times and efficiency, your pet will require less time on postoperative pain medication compared to traditional surgical treatments.
What Conditions Does a CO2 Laser Treat?
- Stenotic Nares: Also known as narrow nostrils, this is a condition that is commonly found in brachycephalic breeds like French and English bulldogs. CO2 laser surgery repairs stenotic nares due to its precise, surgical precision. It leaves patients free of discomfort and greatly improves airflow in your pup’s nasal passageways.
- Soft Palate Resections: This surgery is also common among brachycephalic breeds, and is used to remove the distal (end) area of the soft palate. This surgery is typically performed when the soft tissue at the back of the roof of your pet’s mouth (the soft palate) grows too long for your pet’s head.
- General Surgical Use: Because of its precision, comfortability, and efficiency, CO2 laser surgery is recommended for most surgical procedures.
Choose the Right Treatment Options for Your Pet
If you’re looking for the best treatment options for your pet, VIP Animal Hospital can help. We take time to carefully understand your pet’s needs and personality so we can customize the best treatment plan for them. Make an appointment today to find out whether CO2 laser treatment is right for your pet!