laser surgery

laser surgery

North West Equine Vets offers state-of-the-art laser surgery which can be used to treat a variety of conditions.
A laser generates an intense beam of light that, for surgical purposes can be used to cut, seal or vaporise tissue.

skin tumours

By far the most common use of laser surgery in the horse is for the removal of skin tumours such as sarcoids and melanomas. This is especially useful for removal has been associated with a high risk of tumour regrowth, due to seeding of tumour cells during cutting. The laser vaporises tissue and reduces the risk of seeding.

 

Advantages of laser surgery are:

Advantages of laser surgery are:
Minimising the risk of spreading tumour cells during tumour removal;
Reduced bleeding during surgery, as the laser will seal small blood vessels while cutting;
Less pain, as the laser seals nerve endings as it cuts them;
Faster recovery, resulting from the combination of reduced bleeding, pain, inflammation and infection risk.