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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.

Surgery

At VCA Veterinary Specialists of the Valley, we are proud to offer state-of-the-art Surgical services.

We have a team of highly skilled doctors and technicians in providing your special pet comprehensive Surgical care with state of the art diagnostic capabilities, operating rooms, anesthetic monitoring and 24 hour intensive care.

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Laryngeal surgery
  • Lung and thoracic surgery
  • Liver and gastrointestinal surgery
  • Kidney and urogenital surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery for wounds
  • Laparoscopy / Thoracoscopy
  • Laparoscopy for examination and biopsies of abdominal problems without open surgery

Neurosurgery

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Wobblers syndrome
  • Spinal fractures and tumors
  • Brain tumors
  • Myelography for spinal problems

Cancer Surgery

  • Limb salvage operations
  • Head and neck cancer surgery
  • Abdominal and thoracic mass removals
  • Feline fibrosarcoma

Emergency Surgery

Our surgeons are always on call for emergencies. We routinely perform the following emergency surgeries:

  • Gastric dilatation and volvulus
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Gastric foreign bodies
  • Uterine infection
  • Cesarean section
  • Traumatic abdominal and thoracic wounds
  • Bleeding splenic masses

Handouts

Post-operative care of your special pet after his or her discharge is essential to making a full recovery. The following instructions will give you guidelines on how to care for your pet after surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please call a member of our surgical team.

Our Surgery Services

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

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