Radiosurgery is not an entirely new concept to veterinary medicine. Rather, it is a concept that has been building for centuries throughout the history of medicine, and has long been used as a method to “control bleeding”. In its present day state, radiosurgery is the term used to designate high frequency generators that emit 4.0 MHz frequencies used for surgical purposes such as cutting tissue and controlling hemorrhage.

Radiosurgery converts alternating current to high frequency direct current while modifying and filtering the resulting waveform. This results in ultra fine incisions with a thin wire elecetrode that remains cool to the touch and produces minimal thermal spread. In fact, the thermal spread rivals that produced by CO2 lasers. Furthermore, intimate contact between the patient and a ground electrode is not required unlike other units currently in use. The reduced need for patient-grounding plate contact and the ability to make precise, low temperature incisions with minimal char makes this device ideally suited for work on small animals, large animals, avian, and exotic species. Hands-on training can be provided in your hospital using the latest, patented Radiosurgical technology.

Radiosurgery helps the practicing veterinarian in a number of ways. With the ability of Radiosurgery to control bleeding in the surgical field, the view is much improved. With the ability to cut precisely and cleanly in any direction without untoward distortion of the tissue, more accurate excision of tissues is possible. Radiosurgery provides a unique method of sectioning out tumors from difficult-to-reach areas with easy to use attachments to handpieces.

Radiosurgery helps the pet out tremendously. With less bleeding, there is less postoperative swelling. With less trauma to the tissue during the procedure, there is less pain and an improved recovery. With less infection, postoperative complications are reduced. Patients leave the hospital quicker and are more comfortable than they would be from having the same procedure performed using conventional cutting techniques.

Soon, veterinarians will have the option to purchase new bipolar scissors in several lengths that will greatly improve their surgical expertise. These scissors will cut tissue like a normal pair of scissors, but also have an attachment to the bipolar side of the Radiosurgery unit. This added benefit to the scissors will give them the ability to control bleeding while they are cutting.

The practical expertise of Dr. Mayo in both Radiosurgery and laser surgery gives him a unique perspective on instructing the advantages of Radiosurgery over laser surgery in clinical applications that will benefit your patients the most. The typical on-site training demonstration for the practicing veterinarian should include 4-6 of the more common surgical procedures such as the spay, neuter, and lumpectomies. If your training already includes an orthopedic procedure, training on use of radiosurgery for the approach is welcome and encouraged.