Laser surgical technology is ideally suited for this otherwise potentially painful surgery. Post-operatively, the cats are walking on the surgical sites. Now, with this new technology, most of our patients are running and playing like nothing happened soon afterwards. Cats that are declawed using laser experience significantly reduced pain and swelling over the older, previous method. Laser declaw will soon become the only standard and accepted technique offering a humane and painless alternative to this otherwise painful surgery. In some states it is now the only approved option.
Breed specific surgeries.
Soft palate resection. Many breeds of dogs, such as Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, and Boxers are prone to an elongation of the soft palate that is best corrected with laser surgery. This abnormality can lead to advanced respiratory disease characterized by noisy, loud breathing, snoring and coughing. Prior to the advent of laser surgery, a great deal of bleeding and post surgical swelling was common, sometimes leading to serious complications. Laser correction of soft palate elongation has dramatically reduced this risk.
Everted laryngeal saccules. This is a common secondary problem to soft palate elongation but can also be a primary problem in some breeds, such as the Norwich Terrier. Laser surgery offers tremendous benefit to the correction of everted saccules- less bleeding and less post operative swelling. This allows these patients to return to normal faster.
Stenotic Nares. Commonly occurring in the Pugs, Boston Terriers, Shih Tzu, and other breeds, this restriction of the nostril openings can cause a lot of distress to affected dogs. During inspiration, the openings can actually collapse. Laser enlargement of the nares (nostril openings) can open the airways and greatly improve the comfort of these patients.
Prolapsed Nictating Membrane. Also called “cherry eye”, this condition is common in Cocker Spaniels. It is obvious when it occurs as it appears that the inner eye lid has everted or rolled out. Utilizing the laser to correct this problem is ideal because of the absence of bleeding or swelling and less tendency for scar tissue.
Gingival Hyperplasia. Boxers are likely to have hyperplasia (over growth) of the gum tissue as they age. The gums become swollen, thickened ,inflamed and eventually can engulf the teeth. This can lead to dental decay and abscess formation. Because of pain reduction after laser surgery, these dogs are able to return to normal faster and are usually able to eat a soft diet the evening of surgery.