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Though not always indicated, bone biopsy can be an essential feature in the diagnosing, staging and management of your pet. The process involves the removal of a small amount of bone from the area of interest. Depending on the needs of your pet this procedure can be performed with either a specialized needle (Jamshidi) or via a surgical approach.

To obtain a needle sample your pet will be sedated or placed under general anesthesia. The Jamshidi needle is then inserted through the skin and into the bone resulting in the removal of an approximately 2 x 4 mm segment of tissue.

To obtain a surgical (open) biopsy, your pet will be placed under general anesthesia. A small skin incision will be made overlying the affected area of bone. After visually identifying the lesion, surgical instruments or a Jamshidi type needle will be utilized to remove the sample of tissue.

Short term, mild discomfort may result. Therefore your pet may be placed on an anti-inflammatory or other anti-pain medication to insure that any discomfort is minimized.

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Surgery

A board-certified veterinary surgeon is a veterinarian who completed an internship and residency (an additional 3-5 years of training after graduation from veterinary school) and passed a rigorous examination to achieve board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). These doctors provide specialized assistance in a variety of scenarios, including:

  • Traumatic injury & emergencies (i.e.: fractures, skin wounds & lacerations, gastric dilatation-volvulus/”bloat”)
  • Orthopedic disorders (i.e.: cranial cruciate ligament injuries, luxating patellas, angular limb deformities)
  • Soft tissue injuries (i.e.: tumor removal, liver biopsies & shunt correction, lung biopsies)
  • Neurological ailments (i.e.: herniated discs, spinal cord injuries)

All veterinarians may perform surgery. However, challenging surgical conditions benefit from the expertise of a board-certified veterinary surgeon to help maximize the likelihood of a positive outcome. Remember primary care veterinarians focus on the day-to-day needs of your pet, and board-certified veterinary surgeons spend years training specifically for surgical procedures. Our surgical team partners with pet parents and family veterinarians before and after surgery to help determine the best treatment and ensure continuity of care, respectively.

Our surgical team, including a highly experienced team of licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs), operates in a state-of-the-art facility fit for humans. They use innovative equipment generally not available to family veterinarians. When hospitalization is needed, both veterinarians and LVTs monitor patients around-the-clock so you don’t have to worry about your fur baby being left alone and unattended overnight. Other board-certified veterinary specialists, including experts in internal medicine, critical care, and cardiology, are readily available for consultation should the need arise.

Our Surgery Services

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

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