Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Laser?
Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The first laser was developed in 1964 and was widely used for industrial purposes-namely, the cutting of metals and plastics. Within the past 20 years, laser technology has become protocol for many human surgical procedures; however, it is only recently that laser technology has expended beyond the human medical field to become an integral part of veterinary medicine. Lasers have the unique ability to coagulate and cut tissue through the process of photo-vaporization via intensified light amplification.
What is a Diode Surgical Laser?
DiodeVET laser is a solid-state diode featuring a indium gallium Arsenide (InGaAs) semiconductor system. It produces invisible laser energy at the 980-nanometer (nm) wavelength which has a high affinity for the intracellular water of cells.
How does a 980nm Diode Surgical Laser work?
DiodeVET, operating at a wavelength of 980nm in the near infra-red portion of the spectrum, has unsurpassed absorption in water and hemoglobin. It allows controlled ability to coagulate, cut, char, or ablate/vaporize tissue depending on the power density and the energy level applied by the surgeon. The surgeon can control the extent to which the laser beam is absorbed by surrounding tissue, resulting in an extremely precise tissue incision.
Why is DiodeVET The Perferred Choice among different lasers?
Unlike other lasers, DiodeVET cuts and coagulates optically with negligible collateral tissue damage, charring, and recession. Many procedures using DiodeVET are pain-free, minimizing or even eliminating the need for anesthesia. DiodeVET, the state-of-the-art 980nm laser is compact and portable at only 18 pounds and requires no special cooling or maintenance.
What is a Fiber Deliver Laser?
The optical fiber is a device that is used to deliver the laser beam from the laser unit to the treatment region. The length of fiber is typically about 2-3 meter. Depending on the different clinical applications, the fiber size can be range from 0.4-2.0mm. The optical fiber is much more flexible (can be bended less than 2 inch radius) and maneuver easily than a bulky and rigid arm or hollow optical guide in a conventional CO2 laser. In addition, it can be easily integrated with a fiber endoscope for endoscopic surgery. Each DiodeVET is equipped with several different types of optical fiber which can be replaced with a small fraction of the cost of a hollow guide.
What types of procedures can DiodeVET perform?
A laser is ideal for a wide variety of procedures for dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, horses and other animals. Some of these include the removal of cysts, tumors and warts, as well as specialized internal procedures.
What are the benefits of Laser Surgery?
When making an incision, DiodeVET laser beam cauterizes and seals blood vessels up to 1mm in diameter. The laser energy facilitates hemostasis and provides the surgeon with a virtually bloodless surgical field.
DiodeVET laser energy acts as an antimicrobial/anti-bacterial agent by producing high temperatures. As the laser beam penetrates the incision site, the high surface temperature effectively eliminates existing microorganisms, resulting in a sterile surgical environment.
The DiodeVET laser beam seals nerve endings along with servered nerves as it incises through tissue. This ultimately reduces the amount of pain that an animal feels during and after surgery.
Physical contact between the laser and the surgical region is never established with DiodeVET laser technology. The 980nm beam of infrared light penetrates the tissue via the ablation/vaporization of cells and thoroughly seals the lymphatic vessels within the surgical field. Because the crushing, tearing and bruising of tissue associated traditional surgical methods does not occur with laser surgery, there is a decrease in the post-operative inflammation of incisions.
Extreme Surgical Precision:
DiodeVET laser produces a highly monochromatic, coherent beam of light that is accurately delivered to a point of focus. The accuracy of this focused beam of energy allow for the vaporization of cells while causing minimal damage to the adjacent healthy surrounding tissues.
Laser surgery results in quick wound healing, lack of inflammation, reduced post-operative pain, and quick in-patient turnover rates. Clients appreciate the reduction and discomfort their pets experience after laser surgery. Pets are able to resume their normal activities much quicker than with conventional surgical methods.