- Growth Removal
- Stenotic Nares Repair
- Elongated Soft Palate Repair
- Entropion Repair
- Fractured Nail Treatment
- Cherry Eye Repair
- Ear Hematomas
- Hernia Repairs
- And More
Surgical Procedures FAQs
Will he be painful after his surgery, and if so, what do you do to alleviate the pain?
As standard protocol, all invasive surgeries (spays, neuters, dental extractions, etc.) receive postoperative and perioperative pain medications.
Part of the oath we take upon becoming veterinarians pledges to help avoid animal pain and suffering. We take this pledge very seriously and strive to eliminate or reduce pain for our patients when practical and possible. The use of appropriate analgesics not only reduces animal suffering but also speeds healing time and recovery. Decreasing patient pain also makes our patients easier to handle and reduces the chances of pain-related aggression. By their very nature, all surgical procedures induce intraoperative and postoperative pain. It is our policy to administer analgesic medication to all patients exhibiting signs of discomfort and to all patients undergoing procedures that have been determined to be painful.
The choice of pain medication given, route, and frequency of administration are determined by the doctor in charge of the case. In order to optimize the treatment of postoperative pain, both preemptive and multimodal analgesia is usually necessary. Preemptive analgesia is the use of analgesics prior to the painful event. This helps decrease the "wind up" effect that causes nerves to become overly sensitized to pain. Multimodal analgesia refers to using several drugs in combination. By using small amounts of drugs that affect pain at different levels (locally, at the level of the spinal cord and the level of the brain) it is possible to control pain better than with a large dose of a single drug.
Who is monitoring my pet before, during, and after surgery?
One of our licensed veterinary technicians (LVT) monitors your pet before the surgery, ensuring that he or she has the correct pain pre-medications and that the plan for the surgery is ready to go. They will shave, clean, and sterilize the surgical site in preparation for the surgery. During the procedure, the technician is in charge of monitoring and recording vital signs as well as monitoring anesthesia. After the surgery is complete, this same technician will ensure that your pet wakes up comfortably and receives further pain medications if necessary.
Is an intravenous catheter placed on my pet prior to surgery?
Yes, any patient who is undergoing a surgical procedure will have an intravenous catheter placed. This gives us a direct route into the bloodstream in order to give them pain injections, pre-surgical sedation, and fluids. In case of an emergency during the surgery, the team has immediate access to a vein in order to administer life-saving medications.
Do you administer intravenous fluids during surgery?
Yes, giving IV fluids during surgery maintains homeostasis and normal blood pressure. It ensures good blood flow to all critical organs while under anesthesia.
Do you perform laser surgery?
Yes, our surgical laser can be used on almost any surgical procedure, but there are some procedures that we will only do with the laser, such as stenotic nares repair and soft palate surgeries.