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General and Advanced Surgery

Our surgical team is highly trained and has ample experience performing both general and advanced surgical procedures. Safety, pain management precautions, and accuracy are at the forefront of our surgical practices at Willowrun Veterinary Hospital.

Every surgical procedure we perform will begin with a pre-operative assessment. During this assessment, the veterinarian will perform a blood test and a physical examination to ensure the pet will be able to safely undergo the surgery and the anesthesia it requires. During this pre-operative assessment, you will also be able to voice any questions and concerns you have about the procedure and will receive information about the post-operative care.

On the day of the surgery, we will usually ask that the animal is fasted for 12 - 36 hours depending on the procedure. We will use a sterilized operating room, and closely monitor the patient's vital signs while operating for their safety.

After the operation, we will continue to closely monitor the patient as they awaken from their anesthesia-induced slumber. Sometimes, they will be able to go home on the same day. If the surgery is complex and the condition is acute, we may want to monitor the pet for a few days longer or send them to a 24-hour veterinary emergency center for constant monitoring.

Below are some examples of specific surgical procedures that we are fully equipped for and experienced in:

Spay/Neuter removes the reproductive organs of the patient so that they can no longer parent a litter. This is a common surgery, which our doctors have ample experience performing. It is beneficial for their health, curbing the pet population, and the convenience of pet owners.

Soft-tissue surgery refers to any procedure that is unrelated to the bones or joints. This includes spay/neuter surgery, bladder stone removal, mass removal, hernia repair, and more.

Surgical oncology is performed to remove or stop the spread of cancerous cells. Often, surgical oncology is followed-up by additional treatments such as medication, chemotherapy, herbal medicine, and/or acupuncture to help mitigate the side effects and prevent the return of cancerous growth.

Foreign body removal can save the life of a pet who has ingested something that their body does not have the capacity to safely digest. Intestinal obstruction is life-threatening, so do not hesitate to seek urgent care if your pet consumed a foreign object.

C-sections assist pregnant animals who need help giving birth and considers factors such as body and pelvic size of the delivering animal.