Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Surgery


surgeryAdvancements in veterinary medicine have allowed surgical procedures to be much safer than ever before.  If your pet needs surgery, you can rest assured that pre-anesthetic testing, advanced monitoring equipment, and the safest gas anesthetics will allow for an uneventful surgical procedure.

When your pet is admitted to our hospital for surgery, several steps are taken before the actual surgery. First, your pet’s attending doctor will do an examination- listening to heart and lungs, to determine if there are any current issues that would prevent us from proceeding with surgery. Then blood is drawn for pre-anesthetic testing. This tells us if the liver, kidneys, blood count, etc., are within normal limits. If all is well, a technician will administer pre-medications to reduce pain, calm your pet and reduce the amount of anesthesia needed. Then a short acting drug is given to allow your pet to fall asleep. At that point, a breathing (trachea) tube will be placed and a gas anesthesia/oxygen mix will be administered directly into the lungs. Monitors will be attached to your pet showing heart rate, blood pressure, carbon dioxide exhaled and oxygen saturation. Anesthesia can be adjusted accordingly, and the monitors also indicate if the pet is having any difficulties during the procedure before serious problems occur.

The American Animal Hospital Association requires that our surgeries be performed in a sterile surgery suite. The doctors are masked and gowned, and your pet’s surgery site is prepped and scrubbed. Your pet is constantly monitored during the procedure and when the surgery is complete, the gas anesthesia is turned off and only oxygen is administered. Because the gas anesthetic is delivered directly to the lungs, your pet will wake up fairly quickly. At that point the breathing tube is removed, and the pet is breathing on its own.

Your pet continues to be monitored by our trained staff during the recovery period, and your pet can usually be released later the same day! Owners are often amazed that their pet walks out to greet them on their own with little indication that they have been under general anesthesia.

Types of surgeries performed at Olathe Animal Hospital:

  • Spay (ovariohysterectomy) & Neuter (orchectomy)
  • Orthopedic procedures
    • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) for cruciate injuries
    • Femoral Head & Neck excision (FHO) for hip dysplasia
    • Patellar luxation repair
    • Fracture repair
  • Abdominal procedures
    • Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
    • C-section (delivery of puppies)
    • Splenectomy
    • Foreign body removal from GI tract
    • Exploratories
  • Soft tissue procedures
    • Mass removals (lumpectomies)
    • Ear canal resection