Spaying and neutering may be the only surgery your pet ever needs. These along with dental cleanings are the most common anesthetic procedures that pets have done. Please do not take it lightly – although common – it is still surgery and you need to understand that there are important differences in how they are done. Saving a few dollars can be a painful mistake for your pet that can lead to organ damage or even death.
At the Animal Medical Center we are leaders in the field of veterinary surgery. Our surgeons strive to provide your family members with a level of care that far exceeds the “generally acceptable level of care”. We strive to reduce the possible negative outcomes through advanced monitoring equipment, highly trained surgical nurses, pre-anesthetic bloodwork, human grade sutures and surgical supplies, IV fluids and pain management. Our doctors have advanced training in surgical pain management and we are recognized as leaders in this area of medicine.
When it comes time for your pets’ surgery their medical history can be invaluable to the surgeon. We do not practice “one size fits all” anesthesia. Anesthesia is catered to and around your pets’ specific needs, problems or breed characteristics. We look at the whole animal and try to consider what other problems we can address to reduce the likelihood of having to undergo further procedures.
Anesthetic records become an invaluable part of your pets’ medical history. The base line bloodwork will be used to compare against future diagnostics as they age or develop sicknesses. Their response to anesthetic medications will assist in the planning of further treatment protocols.
Here is the bottom line: The extra steps that we employ to provide the safest, cleanest and most pain-free surgical experience your pet can receive are important to their short term comfort and long term well being. We will not compromise their trust.
WHAT IS A LASER?
A laser is a device that generates an intense beam of light at a specific wavelength.
HOW DOES A LASER WORK?
The way a particular laser works is determined by the specific wavelength of light that it produces. For example, the most commonly used surgical laser is a CO2 laser which produces an invisible beam of light that vaporizes the water normally found in the skin and other soft tissue. Because your veterinarian can precisely control the laser only a thin layer of tissue is removed, leaving the surrounding areas unaffected.
WHY LASER SURGERY?
Less Pain—Laser energy seals nerve endings as it moves through tissue. Your pet feels less pain post-operatively.
Less Bleeding—The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery which allows your doctor to perform surgeries with extraordinary precision. This also speeds some procedures reducing the need for anesthesia.
Less Swelling—Laser energy does not crush, tear, or bruise because only a beam of intense light contacts the tissue.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MY PET?
Reduced risk of infection—The laser sterilizes as it removes diseased tissue, killing bacteria that cause infection.
Precision—The laser can remove unhealthy tissue while minimizing adverse affects to healthy surrounding tissue.
Quick return to normal activities—Recovery is rapid and there is less post-operative discomfort.