Lasers have been successfully used on humans for over 30 years. The knowledge gained in human medicine is now benefiting domestic pets. We have created an animal hospital where all our veterinary surgeons can really make a difference. Our hospital animal care centre recognises that your pet's health is as important to us as it is to you. ST Stead offers laser surgery because it provides safer, more comfortable treatment. In many procedures, the laser can replace the scalpel and provide a better alternative to traditional surgery. Tim was invited to go to Colorado in America where he spent time on a course using the laser. It is hoped that other vets will start using lasers and the manufacturer will be sending vets to the surgery in York to learn the advantages of laser use. Accuvet LaserThe ST Stead Veterinary Surgery has two Laser-based systems to speed up quicker animal recovery offering the best care to your pet.
Advantages of using lasers:
The laser seals nerve endings as it "cuts." As a result, your pet will experience less pain and be more comfortable after the procedure or operation. Some dogs have been seen to walk home without lameness after a large lump has been removed from the toes which is amazing!
The Laser seals small blood vessels during surgery. This speeds many procedures, reducing the time your pet needs to be under anesthesia, which in turn reduces possible complications and risks.
Laser energy does not crush, tear or bruise tissue because the only thing that touches your pet is an invisible beam of light.
What does this mean for my pet?
Reduced Risk of Infection
As the laser removes diseased tissue, it seals the skin and reduces the amount of bacteria present. This can help your pet's recovery after a procedure or operation.
The laser can remove unhealthy tissue while minimising adverse effects to healthy surrounding tissue.
Quick Return to Health
Healing is rapid and there is less post-operative discomfort and a quicker return to health and mobility.THese types of equipment are becoming unusual in vets as corporate companies buy up small vets and cut the budgets for this kind of equipment- but this laser really does make a difference to the healing of wounds.
K-Laser. This painless laser uses light at lower intensities to stimulate healing and is used for many problems. See our Laser page for details (about to be written)
At ST Stead, we have a three scanners with 10 probes for different jobs including a state-of-the-art Vivid 7 Ultrasound machine which we use to diagnose conditions in the chest of pets and a Logiq 7 which can do elastography to analyse the stiffness of tissues - this helps to tell if it is abnormal. We also have two other machines for scanning eyes, abdomens, tendons and limbs.As well as a Pulsevet shockwave therapy machine for helping treat arthritis, joint injuries, broken bones and non healing wounds.Ultrasound EquipmentAnother advance in human medicine - Ultrasound Scanning - is now helping to revolutionise medical diagnosis in animals. You will probably be familiar with the use of ultrasound during pregnancies, where it is used to check on the baby's development.
Why do we use Ultrasound?
Unlike X-Rays, ultrasound excels in highlighting the subtle differences in soft tissues and major organs including the heart, kidneys and liver.
We can also use Ultrasound to guide biopsies of organs and tissues, if we detect a problem within the organ or tissue area. The advantage of this practice, is that it frequently eliminates the need for major abdominal surgery and enables us to diagnose conditions more quickly and with less pain and discomfort for the pet.
X-Rays help our vets to diagnose illnesses as well as broken bones and in combination with ultrasound and blood tests we hope to provide accurate diagnoses.X-Ray TableST Stead has digital X-Ray facilities using two machines, one for dental radiographs the other a general purpose machine. Indeed, this unit was previously serving the human population in a hospital in the North of England.This means we can view an image within 20 seconds of taking the picture and use the computer to improve the picture. This means a quicker rapid diagnosis
In many cases dogs and cats suffer from chronic pain and lameness. In the past we may have tried hydrotherapy, acupuncture, physiotherapy or alternative therapies but we now have a more natural remedy using shock waves or high energy sound waves that travel deep into the body (unlike laser or physiotherapy) and stimulate the bodies own repair system which can be helpful in none responding cases of lameness or chronic inflammation.
We use the Versatron4 paws system - the only one that american pet insurance companies will pay for (because the manufacturer has proved that up to 80% of cases can be improved). There are many systems available but most have poor success rates because they tend not to focus the ultrasound.
Shockwave Therapy for Dogs
Shock wave therapy can be used as an alternative to surgery or increasing anti-inflammatory drugs. It has been used for arthritis, joint injuries, chronic back pain, delayed healing of broken bones, tendon and ligament injuries, and chronic wounds like lick granulomas.
We give three treatments at two-week intervals under a sedative.
For more information please visit www.pulsevet.com