Routine Surgical Services
At the Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center, we offer a complete array of surgical services. We also believe in a team approach to providing your pet with the best care possible 24-hours a day. While the title of this section refers to "routine surgery", we know that all surgery is really not routine in nature at all and that for some of you, it may the only surgery your pet ever undergoes.
The surgical staff at our hospital is able to perform most soft tissue, neurologic, and orthopedic surgeries as well as provide surgical consultations and evaluations. "Routine" surgeries or elective/general surgeries, such as ovariohysterectomies (spay), castrations (neuter), declaw procedures, tumor/mass removal, and dental extractions are performed daily, Mon-Fri 9:00 am-4:00 pm. everyday. Spaying and neutering are general surgeries that will prevent unwanted litters and pet overpopulation. Additionally these procedures prevent many health problems such as mammary tumors, uterine infections, testicular tumors, and prostatic diseases.
Additional general surgical procedures include declawing cats, which is considered elective surgery and is performed to minimize scratching and destructive behavior. As this procedure is, in fact, an amputation, we are very conscientious about providing declaw patients with appropriate pain medication before, during, and after the procedure. Our patients that undergo declawing procedure are hospitalized overnight to monitor them closely and to provide consistent pain relief.
Pets that require myelography, spinal surgery, fracture repair, cruciate surgery, oncologic surgery, or any thoracic or abdominal procedure can be treated at OPVMC and remain on our premises for 24-hour-a-day post-operative care for continued nursing care and observation.
For all surgical procedures performed at OPVMC, routine, general, elective emergency, specialty or otherwise, your doctor will provide you with a written treatment plan for the procedure. They will review the items in the treatment plan with you and ensure that you understand everything that is being recommended for your pet's care. We ask all clients to authorize care by signing a copy of these estimates. In the event that the estimate needs to be revised, your doctor will notify you and discuss the revisions.
Before administering anesthesia, your pet's doctor will perform a thorough physical exam to assess your pet's health status and suitability to undergo anesthesia. This may be followed by ancillary diagnostics such as blood tests from our 24-hour lab, radiographs, ultrasound, or electrocardiograms as needed.
While under general anesthesia, your pet is continuously monitored by one of our licensed veterinary technicians and a veterinarian. Monitoring devices such as pulse oximetry, ECG, Doppler blood pressure monitor, and ventilatory assistance may all be used to monitor your pet while under general anesthesia.