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Though not always indicated, tissue biopsies can be an essential feature in the diagnosing, staging, and management of your pet. The process involves the removal of a small amount of tissue from the area of interest. Depending on what is required, this procedure can be performed with either local anesthetics and sedation or may require general anesthesia.

To obtain a small sample in a readily accessible area, your pet will be sedated or placed under general anesthesia. If any overlying hair is present it will be removed to ensure the procedure remains sterile. Local anesthetics may then be injected followed by the removal of a small tissue core (needle biopsy) or larger circular core of tissue (punch biopsy). A skin stitch may be required that will be removed 10-14 days later. For these smaller procedures an overnight stay for observation is not generally required. However, animals may need to be discharged with an Elizabethan collar (E-collar) or other deterrent to ensure they do not traumatize the site being tested.

For internal lesions or to obtain larger amounts of tissue a more invasive surgical biopsy may be required. The specific procedure for your pet will be discussed with you prior to testing. Briefly, your pet will be placed under general anesthesia. A skin incision will be made overlying the affected area (incisional biopsy) or around the lesion (excisional biopsy). After removing the required tissue, several stitches will be placed. Although hospitalized care is not always required, depending on the type of biopsy and your pet's recovery from general anesthesia, they may need to remain with us for up to 48 hours after the procedure.

Short term, mild discomfort may result with either type of biopsy. Therefore your pet may be placed on an anti-inflammatory or other anti-pain medication to ensure that any discomfort is minimized. Over the next several days it is important to monitor the area for any excessive redness, discharge, swelling or pain and equally important, do not let your pet lick or irritate the biopsy site. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your veterinarian immediately for guidance.

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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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