Many surgical procedures, such as tumor removals, can benefit from the use of the surgical laser. Instead of cutting with a scalpel blade your veterinary surgeon uses the light from a laser beam to gently cut your pet’s tissue. There is usually less bleeding, less swelling, less pain and there is less of a chance for infection after surgery because only a laser beam contacts the tissue. Veterinary laser surgery is very precise and does not crush, tear, or bruise the tissue, aiding your pet’s recovery.
Old Dominion Animal Hospital features a full-service veterinary surgical suite which looks and runs like a human hospital surgical facility. As with all surgeries, during veterinary laser surgery we follow the safest anesthesia protocols available and all our surgical patients are tracked with heart monitors and pulse oximeters. Our veterinarians and our surgical technicians keep an eye on your pet’s heart rate, respiration, body temperature, and blood oxygen levels during and after surgery. Our veterinary assistants stay with your pet until breathing tubes are removed and your pet has fully recovered from anesthesia.
You will want to discuss the benefits of veterinary laser surgery with your doctor before your procedure. Our veterinarians will always let you know when laser surgery is or is not appropriate, and make the correct recommendation for your pet.