Laser surgery involves using a focused laser beam to efficiently ablate living tissue, simultaneously sealing capillaries, blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings. The CO2 laser, with its 10.6 micrometers wavelength, is the most efficient soft-tissue surgical laser, widely utilized in human and veterinary medicine since the 1960s.
Laser surgery offers advantages such as better hemostasis, reduced post-operative swelling, decreased pain, and quicker recovery times. It enables procedures not practical with conventional methods. The benefits extend to both patients and surgeons, with improved visibility, precision, and control, leading to a reduction in overall surgical time.
In veterinary medicine, the CO2 laser finds applications in various procedures across different specialties. In general surgery, it is employed for tasks like traumatic wound debridement and tumor bed ablations. In ophthalmology, the CO2 laser is valuable for treating conditions such as cherry eye and squamous cell carcinoma removal. ENT and oral surgery benefit from the laser’s precision in procedures like oral mass excision and sublingual tissue treatment. Dermatology surgery, avian and exotic surgery, and equine surgery also benefit from the CO2 laser’s controlled and efficient tissue interaction.
The CO2 laser’s unique properties, such as its wavelength’s high absorption by water, contribute to minimal collateral thermal damage. This makes it a preferred tool for various surgeries, ensuring a quicker recovery with reduced pain and bleeding. The CO2 laser’s versatility and ease of control have made it a staple in the field of laser surgery across diverse medical disciplines.