Veterinary Surgery in South Salem
We offer a wide range of surgical procedures for family pets and other animals at our South Salem animal hospital, using our state-of-the-art veterinarian surgical suite and the most stringent surgical protocols.
During each veterinary surgery, we utilize the safest anesthesia available and continuously monitor your pet. Your animal's surgical team makes sure to administer the best and most effective medications to provide a pain-free procedure before, during, and after surgery.
Veterinary Surgery: What to Expect
We know that you care about your animal; that's why we make sure to keep you fully informed about any surgical procedure your vet recommends, including any post-operative care your pet will need at home.
Veterinary Surgical Procedures
At South Salem Animal Hospital, we perform medical and emergency surgeries to address issues caused by illness or certain conditions, in addition to dental surgery and reparative procedures aimed to fix injuries sustained through trauma.
Our South Salem vets routinely perform the following surgeries:
- Soft Tissue Surgery
We offer soft tissue surgery for pets suffering from ear, nose, and throat disorders.
These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders.
- Spaying & Neutering
Surgical sterilization can help stop disease and provide your pet with a longer life expectancy.
During Cesarean sections, we surgically remove newborn animals (e.g. kittens, puppies) from their mother's uterus.
C-sections are typically performed when the mother is unable to give birth naturally.
- Mass Removal
Many pets and companion animals can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.
Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for pets.
- Foreign Body
Despite our best efforts to keep an eye on them, sometimes our pets can ingest a foreign object that they shouldn't have, or have an accident that has left them with an injury. At South Salem Animal Hospital, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.
In some cases, specialized skills or equipment are needed to perform pet surgery. If that is the case for your animal, our traveling veterinary surgical specialist is available to consult with you and your vet to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
A wound is damage (e.g. cuts, breaks, burns, tears) to living tissue.
It's extremely important for wounds to be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible.
- Orthopedic Surgery
Like humans, our pets sometimes need orthopedic surgeries to correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures.
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
Dogs can experience painful knee injuries due to a variety of factors including aging, obesity and breed (medium to large breeds are more prone). The most commonly seen knee issue is damage or tearing to the Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL), and it causes instability and pain when a dog tries to walk.
Your vet can repair damage to your dog's knees and ease their pain with a procedure called Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), an advanced technique shown to have faster recovery times and better long-term outcomes than some older procedures.
If your pet is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care, our traveling veterinary surgical specialist is available to consult with you and your vet to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
- Dental Surgery
Dental care is an often-overlooked but incredibly important part of your pet's overall health. For solutions that require surgery, our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for animals. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.
The Surgery Process
We understand that you might be anxious about your pet needing surgery. As a dedicated veterinary team, we make sure to work with you to ensure that surgery is truly in the best interests of your animal companion.
We will ensure that you fully understand the reasons for the recommended veterinary surgery and that you are comfortable with the decision for your pet to undergo the procedure.
If your pet requires advanced care, our South Salem hospital has a traveling veterinary surgical specialist available to consult with you and your vet to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care.
Surgical protocols at South Salem Animal Hospital
Pre-surgical assessments. We will go over the specifics of the procedure with you, conduct a physical examination of your pet, and make sure blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the vet in order to determine if your pet faces any risk of complications related to anesthesia.
Dedicated surgical suites. Procedures are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.
Surgical attire. Our staff wears disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite, and staff involved in performing the procedure will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.