There are many conditions that can be treated successfully with surgery, from cornea trauma to ear infections to knee or other tendon injuries. Dr. Richard Solomons has been performing soft-tissue and orthopedic surgical procedures for almost 25 years. He and the rest of the veterinarians at Middlehope Veterinary Hospital offer a wide array of surgical services, including:
- Routine spaying and neutering
- Soft-tissue surgeries like cystotomy (a procedure that removes stones from the bladder) and other abdominal surgeries
- Foreign-body removals
- Oncologic surgeries like tumor removals
- Orthopedic surgeries including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repairs
For very complex veterinary surgeries, such as spinal surgery, we can provide you access to visiting board-certified surgeons or refer you to a board-certified surgeon in the area. This assures you that your pet is getting the best expert care available.
In addition to traditional surgical techniques, we’re proud to utilize electrosurgery (use of high-frequency electrical currents to remove unwanted and/or abnormal tissues) and cryosurgery (use of intense cold to remove unwanted and/or abnormal tissues). Both of these techniques are minimally invasive, so they allow pets to heal faster and experience less trauma from surgery.
Surgeries are performed in a sterile, fully operational surgical suite with modern anesthesia and respiratory and cardiac monitors, so your pet is fully and safely monitored during procedures. All of our surgical instruments are sterilized through our modern autoclave machine before and after each procedure. Cleaning instruments properly and operating in a sterile environment decreases the chance of infection and the need for postoperative antibiotics in routine procedures, keeping surgery safe for your pet.
Keeping your pet comfortable and pain free is our first priority. While your pet is hospitalized, we will provide injectable pain medications to ensure your pet’s comfort, and we will closely monitor pain levels. After surgery is complete, we may send your pet home with oral pain medications to keep your pet comfortable once he returns home and while he is healing.
Before surgery, a veterinarian will conduct a thorough examination to evaluate your pet’s cardiovascular, respiratory and general health. Preanesthetic blood testing helps us determine if your pet has any hidden, preexisting conditions that could affect surgery or his reactions to anesthesia. From the information we learn from these tests, we can adjust the type and dosage of the anesthetic, if needed, to keep your pet safe.
We utilize the safest available anesthetics when we perform surgeries at Middlehope Veterinary Hospital, and the anesthesia we choose for each procedure depends on each pet’s age and health history. We monitor your pet’s vital signs using modern equipment, including a pulse oximeter, an EKG machine, a blood pressure monitor and an esophageal body temperature probe during all procedures that require anesthesia. All surgical patients receive an IV catheter and IV fluids to keep your pet’s body hydrated and to provide a painless way to administer the anesthetic. Our well-trained, licensed technicians take pride in closely monitoring every anesthetized patient from the time they enter our facility until they are discharged back to their owners, so you know your pet is in good hands.
If your pet is suffering from an acute trauma or injury, or certain chronic conditions, surgery may help your pet live a happier, more comfortable life. Schedule an appointment at Middlehope Veterinary Hospital today for a consultation.