Specialists at the Equine Medical Center use laser surgery, which delivers light or heat to incise, coagulate, or vaporize tissue, to provide the least painful and most accurate treatment for a variety of soft tissue issues and injuries in horses.
Conditions Treated with Laser Surgery
- Laryngeal hemiplegia (roaring)
- Dorsal displacement of the soft palate
- Epiglottic entrapment and arytenoid chondritis
- Sarcoids and melanomas
- Eye diseases
Benefits of Laser Surgery
- Surgical sites bleed and swell less than conventional surgical wounds.
- Procedures performed with lasers can often be performed on standing horses on an outpatient basis.
- Horses leave the hospital with no external wounds.
- The carbon dioxide laser, which creates a clean, bloodless incision and also vaporizes tissue masses, is so controlled that corneal tumors can be vaporized from the surface of the eye.
- Diode lasers can be utilized with video endoscope for upper airway surgery.