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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

VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic is excited to offer your pet the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. Though all veterinarians are educated in general surgery and many are proficient at advanced techniques, some surgeries require the services of a board-certified surgeon. Because of that, we have board-certified surgeons who work with us on staff. These board-certified veterinary surgeons are able to perform many different types of procedures your pet might need, including:

  • Complicated soft-tissue procedures for heart, lung, liver, kidney, and other organs
  • Neurological surgery for spinal cord, nerve, or muscle problems
  • Orthopedics to repair joints and bones
  • Oncologic surgeries to remove large or invasive tumors

Surgical specialists follow the same high principles that your primary veterinarian does and understand the importance of communicating with you and the veterinarian who referred your pet for surgery.

Dedicated Surgical Facilities

Our surgical suites are fully equipped with the latest technology. We provide:

  • Fully trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest, most efficient procedures for your pet
  • Heated surgery tables for greater comfort
  • Advanced sterilization techniques
  • Comprehensive patient monitoring during anesthesia, including temperature, ECG, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood oxygen saturation
  • Intensive recovery and post-operative care

Loomis Basin uses comprehensive anesthetic monitoring. Your pet's vital signs, such as pulse, respiration, and blood oxygen level, are checked regularly by our dedicated surgical nursing team. We also use the latest in pain relief and pain management techniques. Your pet will be given medicine before, during, and after any procedure to make sure his or her recovery will be much more comfortable.

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.

Our Surgery Services

Advanced Anesthetic Monitoring
Bone and Joint Surgery
Bone Biopsy
Comprehensive Peri-Operative Monitoring

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