2750 New Salem Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37128
ph: 615-896-3434
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Surgical Care

When in need of surgery, you're in good paws.

When your pet requires surgery, you can count on us to provide the best surgical care possible. From our pre-anesthetic bloodwork and ECG, the LVMT who will be with your pet through recovery, all the way to the take home pain management medications, we are here for you and your pet!

When discussing your pet's needed surgery our staff will be happy to go over the details, risks and benefits, and costs associated with the procedure. During this time, you will be able to ask any questions and decide whether or not to proceed with the surgery.

Laser Surgery

A surgical laser uses a focused beam of light to cut tissue. Using a surgical laser allows precise control over what areas are being cut and is used as a replacement for the traditional scalpel. In many cases laser surgery offers significant benefits over the use of a traditional scalpel.

Our doctors have gained expertise using the surgical laser over the past several years allowing us to perform advanced procedures such as soft palate resection and anal sac removal as well as decreasing pain, bleeding and swelling in more common procedures such as spays and neuters.

Your pet's doctor will be happy to discuss if laser surgery is best for your pets procedures and answer any questions you may have.

The Benefits of Laser Surgery for Pets

  • Less Pain - The laser seals the nerve endings as it vaporizes the tissue, resulting in decreased pain when your pet wakes up.?
  • Less Bleeding - Just like the laser seals nerve endings it also seals the small blood vessels along the incision causing less blood loss and increase visibility for the surgeon. ?
  • Decreased Swelling and Extreme Precision - Since only the laser's light beam is coming in contact with the targeted tissue there will be less damage to surrounding tissues causing less swelling. ?
  • Quicker Recovery - Less bleeding, less pain, and less swelling means that your pet will feel better, faster.

AAHA Standards & Surgical Care

We adhere to AAHA's surgical standards to ensure we keep your pet as safe and comfortable as possible.

Here are a few of the many surgical standards we maintain with each procedure:

  • Pre-surgical assessments. Prior to surgery, the veterinary team verifies the specifics of the procedure, completes a physical exam of the patient, and ensures blood tests have been completed, documented, and reviewed by the veterinarian. Among other things, these precautions help determine if your pet is at risk for complications while under general anesthesia.
  • Dedicated surgical suites. To prevent post-surgical infections and cross-contamination, surgeries are performed in a room used only for sterile surgical procedures.
  • Surgical attire. Staff must wear disposable caps and masks when entering the surgical suite. Anyone involved in the procedure must also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
  • Sterile packs and equipment. Surgical instruments are carefully cleaned, sterilized, and wrapped prior to each procedure to help prevent infections.

AAHA's standards diminish the risks associated with surgery and help veterinary practices achieve the highest level of care. The safety and comfort of your pet are always of the utmost importance.

What will happen during my pet's surgical procedure?

Hospital admit with a LVMT - One of our LVMTs will go over the hospital admit paperwork, answer any questions you might have, and set up a time for you to pick up your pet to be discharged that afternoon.

Pre-anesthesia testing - If bloodwork has not been performed in the last 30 days we will perform an in-house panel to check blood counts, kidney and liver function. We may perform pre-anesthetic bloodwork on your pet to make sure they can safely metabolize the anesthesia medications. They will also have an ECG performed to check heart rate and rhythm.

A pre-op physical examination - Your pet's veterinarian will assess your pet just before the procedure to make sure they are ready and their current health status is known.

IV catheter and fluids - We will keep your pet hydrated and fluids balanced throughout his or her procedure. You may notice a small shaved spot on your pet's leg after the procedure. This allows us to quietly and easily have immediate IV access to administer medications such as pain medications or antibiotics. It also allows us to keep your pet's blood pressure strong and their tissues well perfused so they wake up healthy and happy.

Anesthesia and Surgery - During your pets surgery one of our LVMTs will monitor your pet before, during and after the surgical procedure to ensure a safe recovery. We treat your pet's possible post-procedure pain before they wake up, and send home oral pain medication.

Recovery - Once your pet's surgery has been completed, he or she will recover on a comfy cot with one of our LVMTs by their side. Your pet's comfort level will be evaluated continuously during the recovery process to ensure his or her pain or discomfort is being well-managed.

Hospital discharge - During your pet's discharge an LVMT will discuss your pet's unique after-care instructions. This will include what to expect in the first 24 hours after anesthesia, how to administer any medications your pet has been prescribed, and any limitations they may have over the next two weeks.

Recheck appointment - If your pet had a mass removed, and you elected to have it sent to the lab for Histopathology (additional testing to help determine what the mass is) the doctor will call you in 1-2 weeks with those results. Two weeks after your pet has been discharged from the hospital we will need to see him or her back for an included suture removal appointment with an LVMT. At this visit your pet's mouth will be inspected and further at home care instructions will be discussed. We will help you establish a home routine that works for you and your pet!

2750 New Salem Highway
Murfreesboro, TN 37128

P: 615-896-3434
F: 615-896-9503
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday - Friday
7:00 am - 5:30 pm
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
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