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SPECIALTY SURGERY | Client Information

Specialized Surgical Procedures

Welcome to your information hub for everything you and your companion will need to know as you navigate the world of Specialty Surgery. From your initial consultation with our specialty surgeon to Surgery Day and post-surgical recovery and homecare, we’ve got you covered. Simply click through the tabs below to find all the details. No doubt you’ll have questions along the way, and our team is happy to answer them any time. We look forward to helping both you and your companion!

When you have been referred by your veterinarian to our Specialty Surgery department, the first step will always be a consultation with our surgeon. This allows time for a full assessment of your companion’s condition, and for Dr. Remedios to answer any questions you may have.

She will be able to explain the range of available treatment options and what to expect in each case, along with her recommendations. At the end of this appointment you will receive a detailed estimate of costs associated with any proposed plan.

What Happens in a Specialty Surgery Consultation?

Curious what to expect during this initial consultation, or hoping to get to know our team a little better? In this Q&A style article, we do our best to answer all of your pre-appointment questions!

Of course, what to expect for your companion’s surgery and recovery will be different depending on their initial condition and the nature of the procedure. Click on the card below that best describes your companion’s condition or expected procedure, and you will find all the relevant details for their surgical journey, post-surgical recovery and homecare, and rehabilitation recommendations.

Knee Conditions

Fracture Repair

Brachycephalic Conditions

Limb Amputation

Hip Conditions

Masses & Skin Conditions

Wrist Conditions

Laryngeal Paralysis

Ear Conditions

Abdominal Conditions

Urinary Conditions

Anal Sac Conditions

Oral Conditions

Depending on the nature of the surgery, the details of post-surgical care vary by case – during your discharge appointment after the surgery, one of our veterinary technicians will go over exactly what you’ll need to do to support your companion.

We will likely dispense a variety of medications to manage pain, prevent infection, and help keep your companion calm during their initial recovery. In most cases we will schedule an initial progress check with the surgeon two weeks after the procedure. This lets the doctor make sure that your companion is recovering as expected. They will confirm that everything looks good at the surgical site. If needed, we may remove any remaining sutures at this time. This appointment is also a chance for you to ask the team any questions you have about your companion’s recovery.

For orthopedic surgeries, we will also typically schedule a longer appointment six or eight weeks after the procedure to take radiographs. These images allow the surgeon to confirm that the repair has been successful and that the surgical site is healing appropriately. This is also the opportunity, depending on how your companion is recovering, to discuss a gradual and safe return to their previous activity levels.

You will find more details about post-surgical recovery and home care for your companion’s specific condition under the ‘Preparing for Surgery‘ tab above.

Once your companion starts to feel better, they will likely be tempted to resume their usual range of activities – running, jumping, and playing. It is very important to keep them calm and quiet during the days after their procedure to prevent them from re-opening their surgical site and to make sure they have the opportunity to heal completely.

Once they have recovered from the surgical procedure, there will be a longer period of rehabilitation – with a gradual increase in their activity level and duration – to help them return to their full capacity. You will likely work with your primary care veterinarian to establish a rehabilitation plan for your companion. If you prefer, our Rehabilitation Team can help guide you and your companion through this recovery period.

You will find more details about recovery and rehabilitation options for your companion’s specific condition under the ‘Preparing for Surgery’ tab above.