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The goal of our surgeons, registered veterinary technicians and our highly skilled support staff is to provide comfort and pain free personalized treatment with unparalleled care for each and every one of our patients. In addition, the surgery service is supported by our emergency/critical care, internal medicine, radiology, neurology and rehabilitation departments, ensuring the most comprehensive care available anywhere for your pet.

What Is A Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon?

A board certified veterinary surgeon is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional surgical training. A veterinary surgeon can offer special assistance in the following kinds of cases:

  • Traumatic injury and emergencies (such as fractures, skin wounds and lacerations, correction of gastric dilatation-volvulus, and exploratory (abdominal/thoracic) surgery.
  • Orthopedic surgeries (such as total hip replacements (THRs), cruciate ligament surgeries (TPLOs), and arthroscopy for joint exploration).
  • Soft tissue surgeries (such as tumor/cancer removal and correction of congenital defects).
  • Neurological surgeries (such as herniated discs and spinal injuries).
  • Stem cell therapy(such as osteoarthritis and other orthopedic problems).

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many health problems, certain diseases and conditions require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive surgical training in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet. Your veterinary surgeon will work closely with your general practitioner veterinarian, as well as, depending on your pet's condition, other board certified specialists in internal medicine, veterinary oncology, veterinary neurology, and veterinary radiology.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Surgeon?

Just as your own primary care physician may feel the need to refer you to the care of a specialist from time to time, your general practitioner veterinarian may feel your pet needs the additional expertise of a board certified surgeon for certain surgeries. In fact, many general practitioner veterinarians refer all but the most routine of surgeries to specialists, orthopedic and neurology cases, reconstructive surgeries, tumor removals, etc. Board certified veterinary surgeons also are often affiliated with referral hospitals where they may have access to specialized diagnostic or surgical equipment, the latest and safest anesthesia monitoring equipment, physical therapy or rehabilitation capabilities, and other critical care services that a general practitioner may not have access to. All of these specialized services may be necessary for the optimal care and recovery of your pet. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet to a veterinary surgeon is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of care for his or her problem

What Kinds of Problems Require the Expertise of a Veterinary Surgeon?

Board certified veterinary surgeons can repair complex fractures, perform total hip replacements, and use advanced techniques to repair torn ligaments (ruptured cruciate ligaments) within the knee. They can also remove cancerous growths, manage extensive or non-healing wounds, and perform reconstructive surgery, such as grafting skin over large injuries. Veterinary surgeons can perform intricate surgeries in the chest or abdomen, such as kidney transplants in cats or repairing heart defects in dogs. Spinal injuries and herniated discs are problems that are also commonly referred to board certified surgeons. Veterinary surgery is also expanding into minimally invasive surgery, such as arthroscopy, thorascopy, and laparoscopy.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

In many if not most surgical cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care, especially if your pet is continuing to cope with a disease or chronic condition. It depends on your pet's particular disease and health problem, however. Typically, though, your general practitioner veterinarian will oversee many aspects of your pet's pre-op and post-op care, just as in human medicine. Recovery periods are often prolonged in many surgical cases, particularly in orthopedic surgery, and it is very important to follow your veterinary team's recommendations concerning at-home recovery guidelines for your pet, follow up care and appointments, as well as any rehabilitation that has been prescribed.

American College of Veterinary Surgeons Website

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Surgery

In our continuing efforts to offer the highest quality veterinary medicine, we are pleased to provide a wide range of surgical services for our patients. From routine surgical procedures, such as spaying and neutering, to more complex surgeries, we look forward to the opportunity to care for your pet's surgical needs.

Our staff is highly skilled in performing veterinary surgeries and will make every effort to ensure that your pet receives the very best care. Our focus on patient safety, pain management, and employing the most current surgical practices is designed to exceed your expectations and put your concerns to rest. Our staff of compassionate, caring professionals will monitor your pet before, during, and after surgery and will take exceptional care to ensure a safe and complete recovery for your pet. We will also address any questions or concerns you may have about surgery, including concerns about anesthesia, pain management, or postoperative care.

When your pet is ready to go home, we will review your postoperative care and medication instructions. If any questions arise after your pet returns home or at any other time during the postoperative period, call us. We welcome your questions and will do all we can to help your pet recover fully. Help is only a phone call away.

Surgery can be a source of anxiety and stress for many pet owners. Maybe you worry about whether your pet will be well cared for, or perhaps you have concerns about adequate precautions and monitoring. Let us address your concerns. Whether your pet needs minor surgery or a complex procedure, call us. Let's discuss how our surgical services can benefit your pet.

The search for answers to your pet's health problems can be challenging. If you have been referred to the VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital surgical team, you and your regular veterinarian may have already been searching for those answers for some time.

We're here to help. With a diverse group of specialists, state-of-the art diagnostic tools and highly trained support staff all available on-site, we can give you the information you need to make a compassionate, informed decision on your special friends' care.

Individualized Care

At VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital, we believe that no solution is one size fits all. Our experienced surgeons will listen to your concerns, thoroughly evaluate your pet and offer care that is tailored for this beloved family member's special needs.

With our surgical staff as part of your pet's medical team, you will have a vast array of experience and knowledge at your disposal. Having access to such a diverse group of specialists guarantees that you will have the widest range of options to meet the needs of both you and your pet. Rest assured that you will understand what we're doing, why we're doing it and how it will help.

Whether your dog has a mystery lameness or your cat has an ear infection that just won't go away, we can guide you on the road to a solution. We'll let you know when surgery might not be the best answer for your pet and we will share with you all the alternatives, highlighting their pros and cons, so you can make an informed decision.

Some of the surgeries that are performed by our surgical team include:

  • Orthopedic Surgeries
  • Fracture Repair
  • Cruciate Repair
  • Onocological Surgeries
  • Rhinoscopy (nose)
  • Throat Surgery
  • Otoscopy (ears)
  • Nasal obstructions
  • Tumor and Lump Removal
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Laparascopy (abdomen)
  • Stents
  • Skin reconstruction
  • Emergency Surgery
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • C-Section
  • Cystotomy (bladder)
  • Wound Repair

Specialized Experience

Many owners are increasingly seeking specialized care for their pets, just as they do with any of their family members, in order to secure the very best outcome. What exactly does a veterinary specialist bring to the table?

VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital's specialists have deep and intimate knowledge of their chosen fields of practice and see countless cases over the course of a career. They are at the forefront of veterinary innovation and bring a wealth of knowledge to your pets' diagnostic and surgical challenges.

Specialty hospitals also have surgical, diagnostic and treatment options and equipment that may not be available at your referring veterinary hospital and these options can have a profound impact on your pet's treatment and its outcome.

At VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital, we don't just have surgical specialists. We also have a wide variety of specialists who focus on other areas of veterinary medicine. So if your furry friend turns out to need a neurologist instead of a surgical specialist we can take care of that too.

If your pet is facing surgery and you think a specialist may be a good choice, here are some questions you may wish to ask your referring veterinarian:

  • How often have you performed this type of surgery?
  • Does the surgery require any special equipment?
  • Is the equipment available?
  • Does my pet's surgery require a specialist?
  • What should I expect the outcome of the surgery to be?
  • What follow up care is necessary?

Source: The American College of Veterinary Surgeons

For more information on how VCA Hollywood Animal Hospital can help you and your pet, give us a call.

Our Surgery Services

Advanced Anesthetic Monitoring
Bone and Joint Surgery
Bone Biopsy
Brain and Spinal Surgery

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