Stoneybrook Animal Hospital has over 7 years of experience performing CO2 laser assisted surgery in veterinary medicine, and was among the first veterinary hospitals in Ontario to offer CO2 laser assisted surgical procedures for pets. CO2 Laser surgery has been documented and proven as an option for safe and comfortable treatments.
It can completely replace the scalpel blade for all standard (spays and neuters) veterinary surgical procedures, and can provide access to a host of additional surgical procedures as well. Our veterinarians performing laser surgery have successfully completed certified hands-on training from the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society.
Call us directly to get specific answers to your questions of how CO2 laser surgery can benefit your pet.
How does a Laser work?
The way a particular laser works is determined by the specific wavelength of light that it produces. The laser used at Stoneybrook Animal Hospital creates a beam of CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) energy which is absorbed by the water in the tissue we are using the laser on. Our bodies are made of 2/3 (two-thirds) water, which is vaporized by the laser energy.
There is no physical contact with the affected tissue, aside from the beam of energy itself. By controlling the laser, the veterinarian can remove thin layers of tissue while leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Additionally, as the laser beam passes through the tissue it seals nerve endings, seals blood vessels, sterilizes, and kills bacteria that cause infection.
There are many articles and publications discussing the advantages of performing CO2 laser assisted surgery.
Are Lasers New?
Lasers have been successfully used on humans for over 30 years. The human experience is proving to be beneficial for pets and their owners.
What Types Of Procedures Can A CO2 Laser Perform?
A CO2 laser is suitable for a wide variety of surgical procedures. It can be used for common, every day “elective” surgeries such as spays, neuters, and declaws. Laser surgery can correct many common conditions such as cysts, tumours,warts and infections that may occur around the eyes, ears, in the mouth and anywhere on the skin, oral surgery, eye and eyelid surgery, lick granulomas, and the list goes on and on.
Please call or schedule an appointment to see if your pet’s surgery can be performed with laser and to learn more about its benefits for your pet!