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Laser Soft Tissue and Orthopedic Surgery

We perform a vast array of soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries from routine spays and neuters, to abdominal exploratory surgery and fracture repair.

Recently, GHVH became one of the few veterinary hospitals in the Athens area to acquire a surgical laser unit. The carbon dioxide laser produces an invisible beam of light that vaporizes the water normally found in the skin and other soft tissue.

The laser can be precisely controlled by removing only a thin layer of tissue at a time, as well as leaving the surrounding tissues unaffected. These properties make it a highly effective tool for use in most soft tissue surgeries such as spays, neuters, mass removal, feline declaws, and numerous other procedures.

The properties of the laser make it especially useful for surgeries of the oral cavity, ear canals, paws and other vascular areas. Advantages of using the laser in small animal surgery include less bleeding, less pain, less swelling, and decreased risk of infection. Laser energy seals nerve endings as it moves through tissue. This decreases the post-operative pain experienced by our patients. It also seals small blood vessels during surgery which allows the doctor to perform surgeries with extraordinary precision. This also speeds some procedures, reducing the need for anesthesia.

Laser energy does not crush, tear, or bruise tissue because only a beam of intense light contacts the tissue. By sealing lymphatic vessels, there is less fluid released into the tissue, leading to less post-operative swelling. The laser sterilizes as it removes diseased tissue, killing bacteria that cause infection. It also helps decrease bacterial counts and may decrease the risk of a post-operative infection. Together, these advantages will help our pets return to normal faster, and with less post-operative complications.