Bert A. Shelley, DVM, MS

    The carbon dioxide laser is a very effective tool for treating diseases of the perianal region. The skin of the perianal region is thin and sensitive… the laser offers a “no touch” method of excising these lesions, which helps to decrease post-operative discomfort and irritation... the laser is very effective in controlling hemorrhage from vessels smaller than 0.5 mm... the laser photothermally vaporizes bacteria, so that bacterial numbers are decreased, which helps reduce the risk of post-operative infection. These factors help the patient recover quicker and return to function sooner.