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What is LASER and How Does It Work?

Common Questions about LASER Surgery

Advantages of LASER

 If your pet required surgery, how would you like that surgery performed?

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What is LASER and How Does It Work?

LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A LASER is a device which generates an intense beam of light. The Carbon Dioxide Laser produces an invisible beam which heats and vaporizes tissue almost instantaneously. That is done so precisely that normal surrounding tissues are hardly affected.


Common Questions about LASER Surgery

Is LASER Surgery a New Technique?

  • No, LASERS have been used in surgery for more than 20 years.

What is a LASER Used for?

  • There are many uses for LASERS. Several routine surgeries, including spays and neuters can also be performed with the LASER. The LASER works extremely well in declawing and the removal of many tumors by reducing swelling, blood loss and pain.

Is the LASER like X-RAY?

  •  No. There is no ionizing radiation present in the LASER.

 Does It Hurt?

  • Studies report that there is less pain during and after LASER surgery. Before using LASER, your veterinarian may choose to sedate or anesthetize your pet.

What are the Advantages to LASER Treatment?

  • When using the LASER it is frequently possible to complete a treatment in one visit which might otherwise require additional visits or even hospitalization. The after-affects of treatments, such as pain, swelling, and drainage, are usually much less.

Does Pregnancy preclude LASER Surgery?

  • No. In fact, the LASER allows some conditions, which could not be safely treated in other ways, to be treated during your animal's pregnancy.

How do I care for the Treated Area?

  • Since the LASER is used to treat many different conditions in many different areas of the body, your veterinarian will give you instructions about the after-care for your pet's individual case.

Advantages of LASER


  • The LASER  seals nerve endings, reducing post-operative pain.   The LASER also seals lymphatic tissue, which reduces swelling.   The healing is more comfortable!


  • The LASER shrinks small blood vessels, considerably reducing bleeding.


  • The LASER sterilizes as it lases, and does not touch the tissue.


  • The LASER allows many procedures to be done under local anesthesia.   This may reduce the use of general anesthesia, thus reducing the risk and possibly an overnight stay.


  • The LASER only destroys abnormal tissue and does not damage normal tissue.  It allows normal, gentle healing with little or no scarring.

If your pet required surgery, how would you like that surgery performed?

Would you like to take your pet home knowing:

  • your pet had the procedure done with Laser and has less pain and swelling

  • your pet had the procedure done with Laser which is very precise

  • your pet has a lot less bleeding and swelling is minimal

  • your pet had the procedure done with Laser and required fewer sutures or eliminated sutures completely

  • your pet had the Laser procedure and healed faster and with less discomfort

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The use of the Carbon Dioxide LASER largely replaces the scalpel in our office. We take great pride in being the first veterinary hospital in Delaware to use this LASER. Acceptance of the LASER has been extremely high.

Our new Laser works safely and effectively with a reduction or elimination of sutures, post-treatment pain, swelling and bleeding.

Many procedures can be done in our office while you wait, without having to bring your pet back for surgery and an overnight stay. This will save you a lot of time.

Our desire is to provide your pet the best health care in the Seaford area, combining the latest advances in medical procedures with a personal commitment to your pet's health.

Talk to a member of our staff about this safe and effective procedure.