Edgewood Animal Hospital has always specialized in providing the highest quality of surgical care available. From the time a surgery appointment is made, through the check in process, to the actual surgical procedure, discharge instructions, and follow up visits, we strive to deliver exceptional care from start to finish. Our highly skilled veterinarians are experienced in performing a wide variety of surgical services, including laser and electrosurgery, all with the safety and comfort of our patients as our top priority. Rest assured that when it comes to surgery, your loved one will be in caring, capable hands with the EAH team.
Finding out that a loved one needs surgery can be a scary moment – regardless of whether that family member happens to be human or animal. At Edgewood Animal Hospital, we want to make each and every surgical procedure performed in our hospital as stress-free and positive an experience as possible for everyone involved. We understand that you have questions and concerns, and we want you to know that we’re here to set your mind at ease.
From the time your pet’s surgery appointment is scheduled, through the check in process, to the actual surgical procedure, discharge instructions, and even the subsequent follow up visits – we are dedicated to providing excellent care from start to finish. Rest assured that when it comes to surgery, your cherished friend will be in caring, capable hands with the EAH team!
Prior to Surgery…
Before we ever even wheel your pet in for surgery, we’ll take every precaution necessary to minimize risk and ensure their wellbeing while in our care. To aid us in this endeavor, we recommend pre-anesthetic blood work, which can help us to identify any pre-existing conditions that may interfere with your pet’s ability to tolerate pain medication. The more prepared we are ahead of time, the better the chances of a smooth and eventless procedure.
Once we’ve conducted a thorough evaluation and identified your pet’s unique risk factors, we’ll then get to work developing a customized pain management plan. At EAH, we use only the safest and most effective anesthetic products, which we tailor to each patient’s specific needs. The goal is to keep your companion as comfortable and pain-free as possible while also accounting for their safety at all times.
When the time comes for your pet’s scheduled procedure, we will spend some time helping them feel more comfortable and relaxed. Our care team will carefully begin administering the pain medication, all the while petting your loved one and speaking soothingly as they drift off into peaceful sleep.
Once your pet is safely sedated, the doctor will work diligently to complete the procedure as efficiently as possible. The entire time your pet is being operated on, our support staff will be right there to assist with surgery and to monitor your companion’s wellbeing. Our surgical suite is outfitted with the most modern monitoring equipment available, which allows us to make sure that your pet remains as safe and comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.
Some of the surgical procedures routinely performed at our hospital include, but are not limited to:
- Spay/neuter (including cryptorchid) surgery
- Cat declaw
- Fracture repair
- Knee/stifle joint repair
- Abdominal exploratory
- Oral surgery
- Liver biopsy
- Soft palate resection and stenotic nares correction for brachycephalic breed
- Foreign body retrieval via gastrotomy or enterotomy
- Tumor excision
- Intestinal resection and anastamosis
- Anal sacculectomy
- Caesarian section
- Femoral head ostectomy
- Lateral ear resection
Once surgery is complete, we will carefully move your pet to the warm, quiet recovery area of our hospital. A qualified Hospital Technician will sit or lay with your pet during this time to ensure a safe and comfortable transition as the anesthesia begins to wear off. Additional pain medication may be prescribed to help your companion begin the recovery process with as little pain as possible, both immediately following surgery and after he or she has returned home with you.
When you arrive to pick up your pet, we’ll explain how everything went and also spend as much time as necessary going over our post-surgical care recommendations. You will also receive a printed copy of these instructions to refer to at home if needed. If your pet underwent an orthopedic procedure, part of our aftercare instructions may include physical therapy that can be performed at home.
The CO2 Laser produces an invisible beam of light that can be used to cut or vaporize the skin and soft tissues. The advantages of using a laser as opposed to traditional scalpel surgery include:
- Less pain – The laser seals nerve endings as it cuts so there is less post-operative pain.
- Less bleeding – The laser seals small blood vessels as it cuts so there is less bleeding during the surgery.
- Less swelling – The laser does not crush, tear, or bruise the tissue.
- Reduced risk of infection – The laser sterilizes the tissues as it cuts.
- Laser surgery is an available option for most procedures performed at EAH.
Our hospital now offers CryoProbe cryosurgery procedures. This technique involves the use of an advanced, small, portable, hand-held cryosurgical device that offers unparalleled freezing power combined with total accuracy so our veterinarians can pinpoint only the tissue that needs treatment. The CryoProbe does not require the use of anesthesia, which is especially important for elderly dogs and cats who can tolerate the precise application of cryosurgery but are at a greater risk of complications from pain medication. The CryoProbe can be used on dogs, cats, birds, and ferrets for the removal of warts, skin tags, skin tumors, perianal adenomas and fistulas, tumors of the mouth, eyelid tumors and more.
Animals that have undergone orthopedic surgery are started on a physical therapy plan following their procedure. Certain exercise techniques will be demonstrated to you at the time of your pet’s discharge. You can then perform these physical therapy techniques on your pet at home to optimize recovery time. Physical therapy dramatically reduces recovery time and allows your pet to become mobile much sooner.