Soft Tissue and Laser Surgery

Laser surgery is available for many procedures. The use of laser has been shown to significantly reduce swelling, reduce pain by sealing nerve endings, and reduce bleeding by sealing blood vessels. Laser is beneficial for almost every procedure; spays and neuters to tumor removal or soft palate surgery. We feel it is an important benefit for feline declaws leaving cats much more comfortable post operatively.

The hand held laser tip allows the surgeon to perform very delicate and precise incisions. This is especially true when removing tumors in organs such as the pancreas.

Laser Surgery

A wide range of laser power settings enables the veterinarian to remove as little as one cell layer at a time to more radical incisions when needed. This could not be possible with a regular scalpel blade.

Orthopedic Procedures

A broken bone (fracture) can happen in almost any part of the body. A fall or an auto accident can be the cause. Fractures can be “simple”, involving only two bone fragments, or “complex”, involving as many as 7 or 8 bone pieces.

Plaster or fiberglass casts are not commonly used in pets because the fractures are frequently very complex. Secondly, it is often difficult to restrict the pet’s activity after surgery.

Metallic bone implants placed at surgery are more commonly used to repair broken bones since they offer a more stable and secure result. These implants (metal plates, pins or external fixator devices) are usually placed in such a way as to allow free range of motion of the joint. This often allows the pet to resume some supervised, normal activity more quickly.

Sterile plastic surgical drapes are adhered to the skin and laser incisions are used routinely to help prevent any contamination or infection during any orthopedic surgical procedure. The last image illustrates an exposed canine knee joint in preparation for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament ( ACL ) repair.

Dr. Hylands has over 20 years of experience in treating orthopedics injuries. Examples of these include; long bone fracture repairs, femoral trochleoplasty (luxating patella) and cruciate ligament repairs to name a few. Dr. Hylands will first review the radiographs with the owner and together discuss the options for repair, and clarify expectations for the pet’s full recovery. Each situation is unique, and may require an extensive examination, treatment plan, and probably at-home physiotherapy post op.