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Dr. Loftus not only performs routine surgery (Spay & Neutering), she also specializes in many orthopedic and soft tissue injuries. Other surgeries include: Gastropexy, soft palate resection, fractures, dental cleanings, bladder stones, skin mass, exploratories, aural hematoma, splenic tumors, foreign body, hernia repair, crypt orchid, amputation, pyometra, mammary tumors, and much more. Dr. Loftus uses laser on most procedures. Spay and Neutering are optional.

 

What is Laser?

Interaction of laser light with tissue provides a fundamentally different approach to surgery. In laser surgery, a highly focused laser beam can efficiently ablate (either vaporize or chip away) the living tissue. At the same time, it seals (welds) capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings, with significant benefits to both patients and surgeons.

 

The benefits of laser are:

 

Reduced Pain ? The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings as it cuts through tissue. This reduces the amount of pain the patient feels during and after surgery.

Reduced Bleeding ? The CO2 laser beam cauterizes and seals small blood vessels as it cuts. This laser energy achieves hemostasis and provides the surgeon with a bloodless surgical field in most procedures.

Reduced Swelling ? There is no physical contact between the laser and the surgical region, eliminating the tearing and bruising of tissue associated with traditional surgical methods. Lymphatic vessels are also sealed.

Reduced Infection ? Laser energy acts as an antibacterial agent by producing high temperatures, effectively eliminating microorganisms.

Quicker Recovery ? As a result of all of the above, laser surgery provides the benefit your clients will appreciate the most: a quicker recovery for their pet.

 

Edwardsville requires pre-anethetic bloodwork on every patient that goes under anesthesia. Pre-anethetic bloodwork allows us to detect any internal or hidden problems that we do not see on exam prior to surgery. Pre-anethetic bloodwork also allows us to have a base line for future bloodwork panels.

 

Anesthetia Monitoring: All surgery patients are monitored with EKG, pulse oximeter, and blood pressure equipement.  A surgical assistant also performes anesthesia monitoring on every patient