At Wildwood Animal Hospital, surgery is part of our everyday routine. For you and your pet, however, it’s not something you will need to deal with very often. Because of this, you may be feeling uneasy, with lots of questions and concerns weighing on your mind. We’d like to set your mind at ease once and for all. That’s why we work so hard to make every surgery we perform as smooth and uneventful an experience as possible – especially for you and your loved one.
Our doctors are experienced in performing a wide range of surgical procedures, from routine to complex. More importantly, we place the safety and comfort of our patients as our highest priority. Rest assured that when it comes to surgery, your pet will be in excellent hands with us!
Pre-Surgical Screening and Pain Management
The first step in any surgical procedure involves making sure that the patient is healthy enough to undergo surgery. We accomplish this by conducting thorough pre-surgical tests, which help us to identify areas of risk where we will need to focus more of our attention. By preparing for these things well in advance, we reduce the chances of complications, which is better for everyone.
Once we’ve got the go-ahead to proceed, we’ll begin developing a plan for managing your pet’s pain throughout the surgical process. Keeping our patients as comfortable and pain-free as possible is always our goal, which is why we begin the pain control process well before a procedure is ever started. We also customize each protocol to the unique needs and risk factors of each patient, so you can be confident that your pet will receive the precise medications and dosages he or she needs.
The Day of Surgery – What to Expect
When the day of your pet’s surgery arrives, we’ll be here to welcome you both. While you fill out the necessary paperwork, we’ll get right to work making your loved one comfortable and helping to put them at ease. We feel that the more relaxed your pet is, the smoother the entire process will go for everyone. Before you leave, we’ll gladly discuss any last minute concerns or questions you have and help set your mind at ease.
Shortly before surgery, a member of our dedicated team will begin preparing your pet for the procedure. This involves administering the appropriate pain medications and gently soothing your companion into safe sedation. In the surgical suite, the doctor will begin the procedure, working with the utmost care and attention. All the while, our experienced support staff will be on hand, closely monitoring your pet’s wellbeing the entire time he or she is in our care.
Many of our procedures can be performed using a surgical laser, which causes less bleeding and less swelling than surgery performed using a traditional scalpel. This, in turn, results in less pain and a faster, more comfortable recovery period. Our doctors and support staff would be happy to discuss this cutting edge option with you prior to scheduling your pet’s surgery.
Our high level of care continues even after surgery is complete, as we will continue to monitor your pet in our hospital recovery area. It’s important to us that all surgical patients awake from anesthesia calmly, so we take extra measures to ensure that this happens. Rest assured that your loved one will rouse to the gentle voices and familiar faces of our dedicated team members. You will be contacted shortly after surgery is complete to arrange a pick up time, at which point we will go over our after care instructions.
To make your pet’s recovery process even easier, Wildwood Animal Hospital offers laser therapy, which has been proven to be highly effective in reducing pain and speeding the healing process following surgery. If you are interested in leveraging this innovative treatment option for your pet, we invite you to start a conversation with us today.
Finding out a loved one needs surgery can be frightening. With the right team in your corner, however, it doesn’t have to be. Let the experienced, compassionate professionals at Wildwood Animal Hospital handle all of your pet’s surgical care needs.