Vernon Hills Animal Hospital

1260 South Butterfield
Mundelein, IL 60060


Laser Surgery

We offer laser surgery. Lasers have been used routinely in human medicine and surgery for over 30 years, but have now become available for veterinary medicine. Since we have been using the laser, we've been thrilled with its capabilities, and we think you will be too.

Why Use a Laser?

  • A laser uses a beam of light to cut through tissues.  This reduces pain by sealing nerve endings.
  • The beam of light also seals blood vessels and lymphatics, which can make surgery virtually bloodless and minimize swelling after surgery
  • Because the beam of light is so concentrated, the dissection of tissues can be more precise.  This helps remove the unhealthy tissue and aids in preserving the surrounding healthy tissue.
  • The laser beam can actually kill bacteria and tumor cells in the surgical field.


All of these factors decrease swelling, pain, and bleeding, which means your pet will return to his normal activities more quickly.


Most surgical procedures can now be done using the laser. Here are just some examples:

  • Spaying and castrating dogs and cats
  • Declawing cats
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Skin growth removal
  • Tumors in the mouth
  • Invasive tumors
  • Bladder and other abdominal surgery
  • Removing extra eyelashes
  • Treating lick granulomas
  • Mastectomy 


The scalpel is not obsolete by any means, but for many procedures we prefer to use the laser.  Using the laser can decrease surgery time over using a scalpel.   Since surgery is priced by the time it takes, it actually doesn't cost you more if we use the laser.  That's because we spend less time controlling bleeding.

The laser replaces