Surgery and laser surgery – when it’s needed and what to expect

By Emily Bishop, Associate Veterinarian

Surgery is recommended for a variety of conditions – whether a routine spay or neuter, growth removal, or something more emergent like an ingested toy or bloat – there are many possible reasons surgery may be warranted for your pet. Before any surgical procedure is considered, it is recommended to consult with your veterinarian who can give specific recommendations based on your pet’s needs and your goals.

For a surgical consult, expect your veterinarian to discuss any pertinent available treatment options and possible outcomes/prognoses. Expect that you will be provided an estimate of cost of any required diagnostics and procedures. Some patients require bloodwork or other imaging prior to surgery. Your veterinarian will let you know what is recommended. Most procedures involve fasting prior to bringing your pet in for anesthesia.

Routine surgeries are performed Monday through Friday. Routine procedures involve dropping your pet off in the morning and picking them up in the evening. The surgical team updates you once your pet is recovered from anesthesia and goes over all pertinent aftercare information.

Most pets experience excellent recovery after anesthesia and surgery. Your veterinarian will let you know what to expect for your pet’s specific case, but plan to be resting your animal for at least a week post-operatively. Your pet may be sent home with medications such as antibiotics or medications to reduce post-operative pain.

Laser surgery is an option for certain surgical procedures, which can reduce anesthetic time and patient recovery time. Your veterinarian will let you know if laser surgery is an option for your pet.

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