Surgery



We offer state-of-the-art, up to date level of care surgery. What exactly does that mean? It means that we have spared no expense in the construction of our state-of-the-art surgery suite including a brand-new multi-positional surgery table, auto adjusting heating and cooling water blankets to maintain patient temperature while under anesthesia, gas anesthesia machine using isoflurane, sevorflurane or desflurane with or without a ventilator, Steris pendant surgical lights, patient monitor ( electrocardiogram, venous blood percent oxygen concentration, end-tidal CO2, dual patient temperature, noninvasive blood pressure, dual heart rate, respiration rate, and esophageal stethoscope).  
The best equipment that we have available is our well-trained staff who are constantly monitoring your patient while under anesthesia not only using the training that they have and the equipment available but they're invaluable experience in detecting early changes while under anesthesia so that compensatory actions can be made making for the safest anesthesia around. 

We encourage all patients to have preanesthetic blood work performed prior to any anesthetic episode, but especially elective procedures to ensure that the medications we administer can be processed appropriately into the active drug form as well as metabolized into the inactive drug form and be effectively eliminated from the body.  Our minimum requirements for any scheduled anesthetic episode is that the patient be current on heartworm prevention and have negative heartworm test within the last year.  The reasoning behind this minimum requirement is that heartworm are very real and placing a patient under anesthesia puts extra demand on the load of the heart and we need to know that the increased stress that were placing on the heart is not compromised by an active heartworm infection that could lead to death under anesthesia.

Anesthesia is only part of the equation. It is the actual surgical procedure itself and how it is performed with the utmost care and precision, and keeping up-to-date with the latest techniques used. Because Dr. O'Bryan still works in human surgery and because, in general, human surgery standard of care exceeds that of veterinary medicine he is able to bring some of those techniques used on us to our pets resulting in shorter surgical anesthesia time and resulting in faster recovery times.  

When it comes to surgical instrumentation I think that you'll find we have some of the best around. We are meticulous in keeping our instrumentation up to the performance by having all of our scissors sharpened routinely and any instrument that is not working properly is immediately taken out of service and either sent for repairs or replaced with a new instrument. Furthermore, we critique the cleaning and sterilization of our surgical instruments and surgical packs to the same standards as if they were going to be used on ourselves.