What Veterinary Laser Surgery Can and Can't Do

Veterinary laser surgery offers advanced technology for many surgical procedures. Consider laser surgery for your dog if possible; dogs recover more quickly and post-operative infections rarely occur.

Which Procedures are Effective with Lasers?

Veterinary laser surgery is effective on the following procedures:

  • Amputation;
  • Cherry eye;
  • Cystotomy;
  • Declawing;
  • Dental surgeries;
  • Ear cropping;
  • Eye surgery;
  • Gland excision;
  • Ligament resectioning;
  • Mass removals;
  • Skin tags;
  • Spaying/Neutering;
  • Thyroidectomy;
  • Tissue removal;
  • Tonsillectomy;
  • Tumors;
  • Urethral prolapse;
  • Urinary polyps;
  • Wounds.

What are the Benefits?

With laser surgery, incisions heal quickly and seal out all bacteria. The risk of infection is minimal. Nerve endings seal off during the procedure eliminating pain and swelling. Dogs return home faster and are back to their routine in no time. In addition, this will reduce the stress your dog feels while recovering from the surgery.

Is there a Drawback?

While veterinary laser surgery is a breakthrough technology, do not allow yourself to believe it is a miracle solution. If an animal has terminal cancer, laser surgery will make the pet's last months or years comfortable, but it is not a cure. Laser surgery equipment runs upwards of $30,000 or more. Many people find a laser spay/neuter costs about $200 more than a traditional procedure. Despite better outcome and faster recovery times, laser surgery will not save you money.