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Multimodal analgesia is simultaneous administration of 2 or more analgesic drugs (pain medications) affecting different parts of the pain pathway, simultaneously.

This is very helpful because it allows us to treat the pain more completely and effectively and sometimes even decrease drug dosages because various classes of drugs have additive or synergistic analgesic effects when given together. As a result, adverse side effects from each of the drugs in the combination can be anticipated to be less.

Different ways to administer these drugs also can be included in multimodal analgesia (pain relief). These can include (but are not limited to), intravenous (into a vein) medications, epidural medications (around the spinal cord/nerves), and local blocks (giving medication at the site of the injury or to the nerves that go to that site).

Other methods of pain control can also add to the multimodal definition. These can include physical rehabilitation, massage, laser therapy, acupuncture, as well as diet.

When our patients’ pain is treated more completely we can see fewer complications as well as faster recoveries!

Surgery

Board-certified veterinary surgeons are veterinarians who have received advanced training after veterinary school in the art of surgery and the management of problems that require surgical intervention. They have typically completed one or more internships and a three year residency in an approved program. In addition, they have passed numerous exams and have demonstrated the knowledge, proficiency, and skills to be awarded certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In other words, they are individuals that have dedicated years of their life to the study and practical training in their chosen specialty far beyond what a typical graduate veterinarian would.

Board-certified surgeons have been exposed to and trained in a wide variety of surgical procedures, as well as specialty training in anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine/critical care, and clinical and anatomic pathology. They have been trained to perform advanced surgical procedures of the abdominal organs and gastrointestinal tract, head and neck procedures, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy), spinal surgery, orthopedics, thoracic surgery, urogenital surgery, and reconstructive procedures of the skin. Their training has prepared them for all phases of the surgical management of our small animal patients. Some surgeons have completed fellowships following their residencies to allow for even greater specialization.

Some of the more common procedures performed at VCA West Coast Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital include:

  • TPLO/TTA (for ruptured cruciate ligaments)
  • Fracture repair (internal and external fixation)
  • Arthroscopic elbow surgery
  • Patella Luxation surgery
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) for hip dysplasia
  • Arthroscopic surgery for OCD
  • Brachycephalic airway surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Oncologic Surgery (cancer surgery)
  • Portosystemic Shunt Attenuation (vascular anomaly surgery)
  • Thoracic Duct Ligation (chylothorax surgery)
  • Stem Cell Treatment for degenerative conditions

VCA West Coast’s team of surgeons have vast experience in dealing with a multitude of surgical problems and are trusted by veterinarians throughout Southern California and beyond. Our highly respected team includes one of only 50 certified oncologic surgeons in the world!

VCA West Coast Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital strongly believes in the triad of care. You, your family veterinarian, and your VCA West Coast surgeon will become a team working together to provide your pet with the best possible care. Working together with an surgeon, your family veterinarian may be able to perform some or most of the needed post-operative care.

If you or your veterinarian believe your pet may benefit from an consultation with a surgeon, please contact us. Additional information is available at www.acvs.org.

Our Surgery Services

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

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