Laser technology is changing the way doctors operate. That is true for most medical specialties, including the podiatric services offered at Glenoaks Podiatry Group in Glendale, California. The podiatrists there work hard to stay up-to-date on the most current technologies and procedures, including laser surgery. It's a better treatment option for many conditions that affect the foot, ankle, and lower extremities because there is almost no pain and little recovery time necessary. If you’re interested in discussing how the latest laser procedures can help you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
During laser procedures, specialists like those at the Glenoaks Podiatry Group use a beam of light in much the same way conventional practitioners use a scalpel. A laser is a tool that generates an intense beam of light. During a surgical procedure, the doctor can use that light to vaporize tissue in an instant. At the same time, the light sterilizes the area and seals the blood vessels. For patients, this means little pain, no bleeding, and enhanced healing.
It's safe to say it hurts less than cuts made with a scalpel. Patients generally report very little pain, and most procedures don't even require anesthesia. If there is a risk of discomfort, the podiatrist may opt to numb the area just to be safe, using a local anesthesia.
No. Most of these procedures are done right in the office and take just a few minutes. Glenoaks Podiatry Group uses laser treatments in a variety of ways, but mostly for quick and simple procedures such as:
The laser quickly vaporizes any diseased tissue, but without the risks, such as infection and bleeding, that come from cutting.
That will depend on many factors. The doctors at Glenoaks Podiatry Group evaluate each patient separately to make a proper diagnosis, to create a care plan that may include the use of laser, and to provide post-treatment instructions. Advanced laser technology allows for precise and targeted treatments, so most patients can return to work almost immediately, but may have to take some precautions.
The doctor may opt for a laser procedure for nails that fail to respond to more conventional therapies. By delivering laser energy to the infected toe, the germs embedded in the nail bed are immediately eliminated. It takes just 10 minutes or so to complete the treatment. Afterward, the patient is able to walk and continue his or her regular activities with little to no discomfort. It is a much safer option than other traditional surgical treatments.