Veterinary laser surgery in action
Boaz Man, DVM, uses CO2 laser to surgically remove a growth from a patient's chin.
Therapeutic lasers have been employed for many years in human medicine, and the modality has recently been gaining traction in veterinary medicine. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, laser treatment can be used in conjunction with other therapies and medications to help manage pain and inflammation and promote healing.
For Boaz Man, DVM, owner and medical director of Boca Midtowne Animal Hospital in Boca Raton, Florida, surgery is an ideal use for carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers.
According to Man, CO2 lasers generate minimal tissue trauma, which means less postsurgical pain, bleeding, and swelling, thus accelerating healing. The laser can be used to seal nerve endings, blood vessels, and lymphatics, giving veterinarians more control over the surgical field. The precision offered by CO2 lasers makes many procedures easier and cleaner, with less postsurgical scarring. With CO2 laser surgery, Man says, hospitalization time is decreased and the patient does not require as many bandages or rechecks, saving time and money for both your team and your clients.
In the video below, Man demonstrates how laser surgery painlessly removes a lump from a patient's chin.