LASER Surgery and LASER Therapy
I can tell you is that when you use LASER surgery or if you treat a
painful condition with LASER therapy, it almost immediately stops the
pain ... with NO side effects.
It reduces swelling, it improves circulation and it speeds up healing PERIOD. I can personally vouch for that!
These are two distinctly different modalities that require completely different state-of -the -art equipment and separate training
Without getting into technical details, here is what you need to know: We were one of the first facilities in Tampa to buy a Laser surgery machine. It is used in any and all surgeries in the place of the old fashioned scalpel. If you have ever cut your finger with a sharp knife by accident, you will know the feeling. Immediately it creates an intense burning/stinging sensation that by the next day develops into a throbbing sensation. The swelling gets so bad that you cannot bend your finger properly and it feels like you are constantly bumping into things creating intense pangs of pain, lasting sometimes many days.
Well that is the same "healing process" that happens after all surgeries with a scalpel. NONE of that occurs with laser surgery.
If the patient was awake, they would feel an intense burning sensation for about one second, but after that you feel NOTHING. Of course they are always asleep during that initial cutting stage, so they wake up, not experiencing any pain. In fact we have more problems with them being hyperactive after the surgeries than we used to, all because they do not know they have had any incisions done.
We have seen with our own eyes many many examples of almost miraculous recoveries. Most noticeable after a declaw surgery. The old fashioned technique is barbaric, involves tourniquets to cut of the blood supply and leaves the patients in excruciating pain for about two weeks.Doing it my way, the kitten is usually batting a paper ball around the next day, as if nothing happened.
There is no question, the only humane choice for doing surgery is with Laser, and we refuse to ever go back to the old ways.
Laser Therapy or Cold Laser
This is used for pain, especially post op or for arthritis and spinal pain. The beam is not intense enough to cause burning skin, like the surgical laser, but it provides intense relief of pain to many areas. For chronic conditions, a whole series of treatments need to be planned. We also believe that therapy lasers are the medicine of the future because they can actually reverse degenerative conditions and make damaged organs get revitalized and work better. Research for new applications is constantly coming out.
For all you geeks out there, here is more technical info:
Aesculight Surgical Lasers
The CO2 lasers remain the Gold Standard of surgical lasers because of unique wavelength and precision. Tens of thousands of CO2 lasers are used daily across North America in various specialties at veterinary and human medical facilities.
Aesculight is the only American-based veterinary CO2 laser manufacturer. We design and build the next generation of surgical lasers that feature higher power, improved beam delivery, new patented laser tube technology and most advanced control features. Along with the best technology, quality and reliability, we offer efficient technical support and the best service in the Industry.
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Because many years ago, physicians were so impressed with the dramatic pain reduction during laser surgeries, they created laser therapy machines. These use the same energy emitted as the bigger surgical machines, but at a much lower intensity, so that it does not cut or burn the skin.
As soon as Class IV lasers were approved for veterinary use the USA, we obtained one. Previous lasers were so weak that they could only be used for lesions and conditions on the surface of the skin. Class IV allows penetration 4 to 6 inches into tissue, which creates wonderful opportunities to treat arthritis inside knees and hips, even for large animals like horses.
It also allows us to treat inside the abdomen and chest cavity for frustrating conditions that previously we could only contain, that were treated palliatively with corticosteroids and pain medication and prayer.Well I don't need to tell you that long term steroids, or even non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) can be devastating to patients intestines, livers and kidneys. You also know about the heartbreaking stories of addiction and abuse in humans exposed to long term opoid and narcotic pain medications.
We have to worry about none of these and in fact we have noticed that in the majority of cases the laser therapy not only treated the pain, but caused long standing, chronic conditions, to start healing and even sometimes gets cured after a course of therapies.
I don't want to brag, but I strongly believe that the greatest break-throughs in future medical care, is going to be made in laser therapy. I bet it puts the discovery of Pennicillin to shame.No wonder just about every sports franchise and every professional athlete is getting access to it these days.
If you think your pet may benefit from LASER therapy call Christina and tell her you want a complementary test drive!