We now have a laser surgery unit. The type of laser used for surgery has such a high concentration of energy it can cut through skin and underlying tissue. Because it is a very small beam, the resultant burn cuts in a similar fashion as when a blade is used with the added benefit that small blood vessels are closed instantly. This is especially useful in the treatment of skin tumours, in particular melanomas and some sarcoids where traditional surgery, which requires suturing the wound, is potentially harmful or simply impossible due to the lack of skin. When the laser is employed, the resulting wounds are left open and heal very quickly. Surgery can often be undertaken standing and is haemorrhage free.
If your horse has melanomas or sarcoids it might be worthwhile speaking to one of our vets or our surgical consultant Jonathan Withers who can advise if laser surgery would be of benefit.