Modern Surgical Devices

Long gone are the days when the only surgical device we had was a scalpel and a cautery unit.  Now, in addition to our laparoscopy options for some abdominal surgeries, we have invested in some state of the art equipment to help with certain type of surgery or in certain surgical locations.

Onemytis Air Plasma Surgical Units
Basic explanation of the Technology:
Airplasma® is based on a simple idea: transforming air into an ideal conductor through the generation of high-voltage pulses using a high frequency sinusoidal oscillator.
The energy flow,with a mean dissipation temperature of 50°C, allows immediate tissue vaporisation, which ensures capillary haemostasis  in a precise and controlled fashion with minimum  tissue trauma .
A substantial difference compared to conventional electrosurgery, which alternates or combines cutting mode (with temperatures of over 100°C) and fulguration, with voltage peaks of 5,000 volts.
In addition, Airplasma®completely does away with the need to use external inert gas sources (argon or helium) and closed circuits with return plates, such as those used in APC technology, thereby avoidingthe involvement of sensitive organs and the generation of heat inside the patient’s body.
 
Airplasma® is based on a simple intuition: transforming air into an ideal conductor through the generation of high-voltage pulses using a high-frequency sinusoidal oscillator. The energy flow, with a mean dissipation temperature of 50°C, allows immediate tissue vaporisation, whilst simultaneously guaranteeing capillary haemostasis. A substantial difference compared to conventional electrosurgery, which alternates or combines cutting mode (with temperatures of over 100°C) and fulguration, with voltage peaks of 5,000 volts. In addition, Airplasma® completely does away with the need to use external inert gas sources (argon or helium) and closed circuits with return plates, such as those used in APC technology, which avoids the involvement of sensitive organs and the generation of heat inside the patient’s body


Diode Lasers
Lasers are becoming more common in first opinion veterinary practice and diode lasers in particular lend themselves extremely well to minimally invasive procedures as the laser light is delivered via a flexible fibre that can be passed down the instrument channel of the endoscope. This enables the surgeon to resect tissue, de-bulk tumours and provide haemostasis with extreme precision.
 
 
State of the Art Laser Surgery
We are fortunate to be one of the few small animal practices in the UK to offer laser surgery to our patients.

What is a laser?
LASER stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser is an opto-electronic device that produces highly concentrated light rays. Laser power may range from milliWatts (in CD-ROM drives and laser pointers) to dozens of Watts (industrial and medical applications) and over trillions of Watts (pulsed lasers in scientific and military applications).

What is laser surgery?
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.

What is the most efficient soft-tissue surgical laser?
Soft Tissue Laser Surgery is different from Hard Tissue Laser Surgery (bones and teeth in dentistry) and Laser Eye Surgery (eye sight corre ctive surgeries) by particular types of lasers. Lasers differ from each other by the wavelength of light they produce. The most commonly used surgical laser in soft tissue surgery is the Diode laser.  Laser surgery is widely practiced in many applications of human as well as veterinary medicine.


Laser surgery benefits for patients
Less Bleeding:
As it cuts, the laser seals small blood vessels. This drastic reduction in bleeding enables a number of new surgical procedures that are not practical with conventional scalpel.
Less Pain: The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics, resulting in less oedema and pain. The patient experiences a far more comfortable post-operative recovery.
Reduced risk of infection: This is one of the unique features of the CO2 laser beam. It efficiently kills bacteria in its path, producing a sterilizing effect.
Quicker recovery time: Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding, less pain and less swelling often allow the patient a far quicker recovery after the surgery

Telephone

01205 345 345

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Address

Sutterton Veterinary Hospital
Station Road
Sutterton
Boston
Lincolnshire
PE20 2LF

Opening Times

Monday - Friday 8.30am - 7pm
Saturdays 8.30am - 5pm
Sundays 9am - 3pm

Closed only on Easter Sunday, Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day.
Our 'normal' Sunday hours apply on all other bank holiday days and Christmas Eve / New Years Eve. Fees are the same at the weekends as midweek so this is a genuine 7 day service.
You will not get any additional charges for it being a weekend.