Surgeries We Perform
Dr. Phillips performs many soft tissue procedures on a regular basis. For orthopedics, she refers patients to a qualified traveling surgeon who performs the surgeries in the comfort of our animal hospital. Soft tissue procedures refer to any surgery that does not involve bones, while orthopedics are all the procedures that involve bones and joints. Some of the most common surgeries Dr. Phillips performs are listed here:
- Mass removal
- Spay and neuter
- Ear hematoma
- Abdominal exploratory surgery
- Dental extractions
- And more
- Fracture repairs
- TPLO (Tibial plateau-leveling osteotomy) for hip dysplasia
- FHO (Femoral head osteotomy) for hip dysplasia
- CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) repair
- Patella luxation
Safety in All We Do
For every pet surgery, we take every precaution to minimize risks. We highly recommend pre-anesthetic blood work before each procedure to ensure your pet is healthy enough for surgery. These test results aid us in designing an anesthetic protocol specifically for your cat or dog.
Once your pet is cleared for surgery, they receive pre-surgical pain medication that helps lower their overall dose of anesthetic medication and ensures that they wake up pain-free. We also set them up with an IV catheter that supplies them with fluids for hydration, warmth, and blood pressure maintenance.
A dedicated veterinary technician will be with your pet from start to finish, monitoring their vitals to ensure no changes occur. Our monitoring equipment tracks your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, body temperature, blood-oxygen levels and more.
We closely monitor your pet while they wake from anesthesia, and will let you know as soon as they are ready to go home. When you arrive to pick them up, our educated staff will go over their post-surgical care in detail so you can be prepared to assist in their recovery process. You’ll also receive pain medications to give to your pet and the instructions for doing so. As always, if you have any questions while your pet is recovering, don’t hesitate to ask! Simply call us at (703) 435-3335.