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.