The Cutting Edge... Laser Surgery for Pets!

Image of a cat.

It's doubtful that anyone would picture their family veterinarian swinging a light saber on the bridge of some galactic cruiser, but he or she may just have a similar technology available to help keep your pets comfortable during surgery.


For more than 30 years, human doctors have used various types of surgical lasers to help people heal faster and with less pain. Lasers are now used routinely to help correct eyesight, remove skin blemishes, and even destroy unwanted hair. But, it has only been within the past 10 years that veterinary medicine has started to utilize this same technology to provide a similar level of comfort for their patients.

Using a laser during surgery instead of a scalpel blade provides many advantages to the surgeon. First, due to the precise nature of lasers, the veterinarian is able finely tune the amount of tissue that is affected by the surgery, thereby reducing the damage to any of the surrounding area. Second, lasers will actually help to control bleeding by sealing off the tiny capillaries and vessels that may leak and ooze during normal surgeries. Third, lasers help to reduce the amount of swelling that is associated with any sort of surgery. By avoiding bruising and tearing of body tissue, lasers help the veterinarian to minimize inflammation. Fourth, since lasers vaporize cells, any latent bacteria that might want to start an infection will also be vaporized, helping to minimize potential post-operative infections. And finally, lasers reduce the amount of pain involved in surgeries by actually sealing the ends of nerves in the affected tissues. This stops the propagation of the pain impulse and will actually help the pet to heal faster!

By far, one of the most common uses of the surgical laser in the veterinary hospital is to perform declawing of cats. Although this elective surgery has many proponents and opponents, almost everyone would agree that the advent of using the laser for declawing procedures has helped minimize the trauma associated with the surgery. As mentioned above, lasers will actually seal small nerves, keeping them from transmitting painful impulses. Cats that have been declawed with a laser are often running and playing within hours of surgery. In contrast, older techniques of declawing cats have potentially kept a cat uncomfortable for several days afterwards.

Phoenix Veterinary Internal Medicine Services is a completely mobile specialty practice.

As such, we have a business office, but we do not have a clinic. All cases are seen in the clinic of the referring veterinarian or in an emergency clinic.

Our mailing address is: 
10645 N Tatum Blvd, Suite 200-527, Phoenix, AZ 85028

Office Hours

Our Regular Schedule

Phoenix Veterinary Internal Medicine Services

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-Noon

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonial

  • "We can't express how thankful we are for your amazing care and service for our Charlie. You found and fixed his bleeding problem after years of issues. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving outstanding care. You're a true blessing to the animal world."
    With sincere gratitude, Joe & Connie
  • "We really appreciated your time and the options you provided to us for Annie. It is difficult to put aside emotions and make the right decision for our four legged friends who depend on us and trust us. Having professionals like you available, helps a great deal in these difficult times. Never underestimate the difference you make, Dr. Greene. Thank you!"
    Karol
  • "Thank you for all you have done and are still doing for Stella. We really appreciate it."
    Ronda M.
  • "I can’t thank Dr. Greene enough for what he has done for Buttons and Me."
    Lois S.
  • "Thank you for your help. Your kindness will not be forgotten!"
    Lori H.
  • "Very professional, I've known Dr. Greene for years! Very compassionate and knowledgeable in the care of your pet. This Dr. Greene goes above and beyond the call of duty for you and your pet’s well-being!"
    Lacy M.
  • "Dr. Greene understood the urgency that was needed for Gracie Mae, when others did not. Knowing you and your team were there to help was reassuring. Thank you!"
    Karen W.
  • "Your kindness and compassion has touched my heart deeply. It is because of people like you that make the world a better place. Please continue to share your light with the world!"
    Carla M.
  • "Dr. Greene’s expertise was invaluable and much appreciated. He put me at ease during an anxious time. I enjoyed discussing tennis with him, which, seemed fitting because BJ was named after a tennis player."
    Rose W.
  • "Thank you for helping with Eddie. Because of your expertise, he did not have to endure surgery. He has recovered well and I appreciate your kindness."
    Pat M.
  • "Thanks for saving Maxwell’s life! He means the world to our family. We appreciate the compassion, kindness, and prompt attention of your staff."
    Bill & Marilyn R.
  • "I am always thankful for those who help the most precious thing to me. Thank you for helping with LuLu."
    Carla M.
  • "Thank you for helping with Kismet. You have been so wonderful and kind to us and we are so thankful."
    John B. & Jonette S.
  • "Thank you for your help with Annie. I appreciate your compassion and generosity. I will never forget it!"
    Tammy
  • "Thank you for your professional excellence, personal care, rapid response, and overall generosity. There have been very few times I have found people that go the extra mile and that really care. I am very grateful that I was referred to you."
    Carmen
  • "Thank you for everything you did for our Barak. You went above and beyond what any vet would have done. You were a God-send to us in our time of need. We will always remember and cherish your kindness. Thanks for making a difference!"
    Warren & Deanna S.
  • "Thank you Dr. Greene for coming in the middle of the night for Maggie. She was a great companion."
    Heather C.