For some conditions we will recommend surgical treatment or investigation. We will first assess and discuss patient suitability for surgery, and may recommend tests such as a blood profile. Some patients will be admitted as day-patients, but we may advise extended hospitalisation so that we can provide appropriate nursing care, pain relief or fluid therapy.
Surgical patients will usually have their fur clipped around the wound so that the skin can be surgically prepared to avoid wound contamination. The surgeon will scrub their hands and arms for 5 minutes, and will often wear a hood, mask and sterile gloves and gown. Our aim is to take every precaution to avoid contaminating surgical wounds. We have strict rules to avoid contaminating our operating theatres, and we use a central ‘prep room’ for preparing patients before moving them into the operating theatre.
During the operation our patients are carefully monitored to ensure that they receive the precise amount of anaesthetic that is required. We also take great care to provide appropriate pain relief during the procedure and for as long as required afterwards. Some patients are also supported with intravenous fluids by putting them on a drip, and this is recommended for older patients as well as in many other situations.
We are fully equipped with modern orthopaedic equipment to complement our new operating theatres. We are able to treat a wide range of surgical conditions including fractures and joint problems such as cruciate ligament disease, OCD and patellar luxation. For some complex procedures we will offer to arrange for a surgeon who specialises in orthopaedic surgery to come to the practice.