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Surgical Procedures

From the latest heated surgical tables to a carefully designed ventilation system, our highly skilled team will keep your pet safe and comfortable during surgery, while achieving the best possible outcome from the procedure.

We provide:

• Majority of procedures performed by a laser surgical unit

• Comprehensive orthopedic and soft-tissue surgical care

• Board certified surgical expertise available for consultation

• Cardiac, pulse, oxygen saturation, and respiratory monitors

• Postoperative pain management

AAHA Certification for Excellence in Surgical and Anesthetic Procedures

Animal Wellness Center is proud to be certified by the American Animal Hospitals Association (AAHA) for excellence in anesthesiology and surgery. AAHA accreditation sets the standard for excellence in veterinary medicine. Accreditation is voluntary and rigorous. Only 10% of the veterinary practices in the United States meet their criteria. Year after year AWC meets or surpassies hundreds of standards for patient care, anesthesia protocols, facilities, performance of surgical procedures, and equipment. Compliance to their standards translates into providing your pet with the highest level of patient care.

Class 4 Surgical Laser

Animal Wellness Center was one of the first private veterinary practices to introduce the use of surgical lasers in 1992. Class 4 surgical lasers use light energy to incise tissue instead of a steel scalpel blade. Laser energy dramatically decreases patient bleeding and post operative pain. The laser energy seals blood vessels and nerves simultaneously while creating an incision. Laser surgery also allows the surgeon a greater level of precision. All of these benefits of laser technology translate into a faster return to normal function and decreased post operative pain for the pets in our care.

Anesthetic Safety Monitors

Anesthetic monitors provide the surgical team with instantaneous read outs of patient vital parameters. Animal Wellness Center uses electronic monitors that continuously provide: ECG, respiration, blood pressure, O2 level in the blood, CO2 levels in the blood and body temperature data. Technology is a wonderful tool, but monitors are only as good as the person who is operating them. Only veterinarians and certified veterinary technicians serve as anesthetists at AWC. Our anesthetists’ attention is dedicated to only one thing, patient care. From the time anesthesia begins their only concern is the well-being of the patient in front of them.

Meticulous Attention to Sterility Protocols

The prevention of surgery associated infections involves adherence to a strict protocol for maintaining sterility during the procedure. Our surgical suite is exclusively used for sterile procedures. Only members of the surgical team can enter during procedures. All surgical supplies are autoclaved and securely protected from contamination. The operatory is equipped with negative pressure air flow preventing cross contamination of air to other rooms in the hospital.

Attention to detail and prevention of infection are always the best medicine.

Intravenous Fluid Support

Patients undergoing general anesthesia are kept on intravenous fluid support. The surgeon assesses the needs of each patient depending on their ASA class, age, weight, medical condition and other factors. Dosage calculations are determined and prescribed for each patient. Flow rates and volumes are critical for our patients due to their small body size. AWC utilizes IV fluid pumps to ensure precise delivery.

Gas Anesthesia

Gas anesthesia is used when patients are undergoing an invasive or lengthy surgery. It allows flexibility in the anesthetic depth and provides a continuous supply of oxygen to the patient. Gas anesthetic agents have varying profiles for safety, onset of action, duration of action, and side effects. And we have the ability to further refine the anesthetic protocol for our patients by our choice of agents.  AWC surgeons can select the anesthetic agent which is best for each patient.

Surgical Team

The surgical team consists of the veterinary surgeon, a certified veterinary anesthetist, a certified surgery technician and a post-op recovery assistant. Every member of the team is focused on the safe recovery of the patient in their care. No two patients are the same and nothing is taken for granted.

Surgical Suite

The surgery suite is a single purpose room that is it is only used for sterile surgical procedures. Only members of the surgery team can enter during a procedure. The suite contains multiple oxygen drops, special illumination, the surgery laser, a heated surgery table, separate anesthesia equipment, surgical monitors, and negative pressure air flow to prevent aerosol contamination.

Post Operative Recovery

Once the surgeon has completed the procedure and the gas anesthesia is discontinued, our patients are kept on oxygen and anesthetic monitors for the initial phase of their recovery. This is a critical period for the patient as they transition from the effects of anesthesia back to self regulation. The next phase takes place under the vigilance of the recovery assistant. This individual never leaves the patient’s side and is never farther away than arm’s length. Small patients are often held in the team member’s lap. Larger patients have their assistant seated immediately adjacent to their heated beds. Imagine waking up from surgery with a nurse gently stroking your head and tucking you in to keep you warm!

Pain Assessments are initiated as soon as the patient is conscious. Our patients are carefully monitored so that necessary adjustments are made.

Pain Management

We know that animals experience pain the same way and to the same degree we do. The only difference is that they express pain differently than a human does.  We get noisy and complain or cry while veterinary patients just… get… quiet. But the animal is experiencing the same pain we would for the given procedure.

Our doctors devise a pain management plan for each patient. The plan is tailored specifically to the individual’s needs taking into account all of their health concerns. Surgery patients receive pain medications before (i.e. preemptively), during and after their procedure. Comfortable, relaxed patients can be go home sooner, heal more quickly and have a faster return to normal activity.