Dr. Planco has been performing laser surgery since October, 2000. Laser surgery eliminates swelling, bleeding, and post-operative pain. It also reduces the risk of infection because the laser sterilizes as it is used, killing bacteria that cause infection. Laser surgery is more humane and allows animals to heal faster and with more comfort.
Laser surgery benefits for the patient
Less Pain –The laser seals lymphatics and nerve endings as it cuts, resulting in less edema and pain that leads to a more comfortable post-operative recovery.
Reduced risk of infection-CO2 laser surgery is a “no touch” technology. The laser beam kills bacteria in its path, producing a sanitizing effect.
Quicker recovery time–Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less swelling, and less pain often allow the patient a more rapid return to normal activities.
Laser surgery benefits for the clinician
Improved visibility of the surgical field-The laser beam seals capillaries and small blood vessels as it “cuts” the tissue. This dramatically reduces bleeding, resulting in a much drier and clearer surgical site. In addition, the Luxar surgical laser does not use the very distracting aiming beam usually associated with outdated articulated arm CO2 laser systems.
Reduction of procedure time–The hemostatic effect of the CO2 laser beam and the improved visibility of the surgical field reduce the time needed to perform the surgery, and may also reduce the need for sutures, bandaging, and other after-care measures.
Pinpoint accuracy and control–The diameter of the beam may be adjusted down to a small fraction of a millimeter or expanded to address a much wider swath. The power of the beam may be set for rapid removal of relatively large tissue amounts, or adjusted to remove only one or two cell layers at a time.
Increased surgical capabilities-Laser surgery changes the character of many procedures by making them simpler or by reducing risk. This opens up the possibility of expanding the clinician’s surgical repertoire to include procedures that are not practical with conventional scalpel-based techniques.