WHAT IS LASER?
LASER is the abbreviation for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission Radiation. The amplified light of the laser is caused by energizing molecules to emit light at a certain wavelength. There exist many different kinds of lasers, each of which creates a specific tissue reaction depending on the wavelength. The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is one of the most widely used medical lasers in the world. CO2 lasers deliver an intense beam of infrared light with 10,600 nanometers wavelength. This specific wavelength has an great effect in soft tissue.
WHY USE LASER?
The advantages of veterinary CO2 laser treatment include Less Pain, Less bleeding, Less Swelling, Increased Precision, Sterilization, and a Faster Recovery.
Less Pain – The laser seals nerve endings as it cuts. So the patient will have less pain.
Less Bleeding – The laser seals small blood vessels during surgery and therefore speeds up surgery due to minimizing bleeding.
Less Swelling – There is NO physical contact except for the laser beam. As a result the tissue will not be crushed.
Sterilization – The laser sterilizes the surgical site as it cuts. Bacteria and viruses are vaporized by the laser during laser surgery.
Faster Recovery – Less bleeding and swelling will result in faster healing.
Precision – The beam direction and power can be controlled precisely to remove thin layers of tissue and produce minimal side effects on the surrounding healthy tissue.
Reduced Hospitalization Time – All of above factors will greatly reduce surgical trauma and subsequently, the hospitalization time.
Is Medical Laser Therapy new?
The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders. Recent advances in technology and manufacturing have made it possible to have this exciting modality available and affordable for clinicians to use as a treatment.
How long does the treatment take?
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition. Therefore, treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost. For some chronic patients, multiple joints will be treated during one medical laser
treatment session. When appropriate, medical laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans.
What can be treated with Medical Laser Therapy?
If your pet is feeling pain, has inflammation, or a wound, the laser is a sterile, pain-free, surgery-free, drug-free treatment. The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions,
numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your pet is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
What’s involved with treating my pet?
The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive hand piece to treat the affected area. Your pet will feel a gentle and soothing warmth. As the laser is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would during a good massage. The relief of pain experienced will allow your pet to be comfortable and any anxiety that may initially occur will dissipate.
How does it work?
The Companion therapy laser system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a chemical change called “photo-bio-modulation”. This light energy then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.
Are there any side effects?
There are no known side effects with this treatment.
What to expect during a Medical Laser Therapy treatment session for your companion?
Simply put, it provides relief. The fur usually does not need to be clipped. Eye protection will be worn by the laser operator and anyone in a close proximity to the laser probe. The eyes of the animal will be directed away from the treatment area or covered with a towel or eye wear. The clinician will move the probe over the area of treatment to assure the laser is being delivered to the area which needs it most.
When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?
You may begin to see relief in your companion as early as the first treatment as pain and inflammation are reduced. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues,
and faster healing for wounds and incisions. Your pet will feel more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each case is different, and treatment will be unique to your pet’s specific condition.
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