When your pet needs surgery, you'll want a surgeon who has had advanced training and lots of experience in the most up-to-date surgical techniques. The surgeons at VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle perform thousands of complicated, specialized surgeries every year. Our surgical suites have the most modern equipment and patient monitoring capabilities to safeguard your pet's health. After surgery, your pet will be monitored by our doctors and their team of incredible veterinary technicians, who under the direction of the surgeon, assure your pet is clean, comfortable, free of pain and on the road to recovery.
When scheduling a surgical appointment, we offer referral coordinators for your convenience: call us at 425.697.6106 or email [email protected]
VCA Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle offers a wide variety of surgical services, including:
€¢Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
€¢Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair Intracapsular/Extracapsular
€¢Fracture Repair (all types, with application of multiple forms of orthopedic appliances including plate fixation, screw fixation, pin and wire, circle ring fixators, bone staples, rush pins)
€¢Luxation repair (all joints)
€¢Patella Luxation Surgery (multiple types)
€¢Angular Limb Deformity Surgery
€¢Arthrodesis of any joint
€¢OCD Surgery (shoulder, stifle, elbow, hocks)
€¢Developmental orthopedic disease
€¢Tendon and Ligament Repair
€¢Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) and other corrective surgeries for hip displaysia
€¢Repair of Spinal Fractures/Dislocation
€¢Spinal Fusion for Cauda Equina Syndrome
€¢Reconstruction or Repair of Facial, Nasal, or Jaw Fractures/Deformities
€¢Abdominal Surgery (including all parts of the digestive tract, liver, pancreas)
€¢Ear Surgery including Total Ear Ablation and Bulla Osteotomy
€¢Portosystemic Shunt (PSS)
€¢Thyroid/Parathyroid Tumor Removal
€¢Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery (Skin and Wound) including Grafting
€¢Salivary Mucocele Surgery
€¢Urologic/Urinary Surgery (kidney, ureters, bladder and urethra)
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 €“ including 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.
Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?
Yes, our surgeons and veterinary specialists work very closely with your family practitioner. In most surgical cases, your family veterinarian will 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, 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.