The surgery department at Long Island Veterinary Specialists is staffed by a team of specialty-trained doctors and technicians whose main goal is to provide the best possible outcome for your pet’s surgical problem. Our department not only has board-certified veterinary surgeons on staff to assist with the most daunting of surgically manageable disorders of dogs and cats, but our surgeons have years of experience and are nationally and internationally recognized as leaders in veterinary surgery. Our surgeons are not just adept at performing the latest surgical procedures; they also have developed some of these procedures.In addition to our board-certified surgeons, our department also has residents and interns who assist in the daily care and management of our patients. This organizational approach allows for several doctors to be attending to the needs of each patient.
In addition to a wealth of expertise and training, our surgery department has available the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment in order to provide the best surgical management of our patients’ conditions. These include, but are not limited to the following: cavitron ultrasonic aspirator (CUSA); arthroscopic and laparoscopic equipment for minimally-invasive surgery; total hip replacement equipment; and tibial plateau leveling osteotomy equipment.
The following is a general list of surgical conditions routinely handled by our surgery department. These conditions are divided into soft tissue and orthopedic conditions.
Soft tissue conditions
• Gastric dilatation/volvulus (GDV or “bloat”)
• Intestinal obstruction
• Intestinal cancer
• Perineal hernia
• Perianal fistulas
• Anal gland conditions (abscess, cancer)
• Liver cancer
• Gall bladder disorders (obstruction, infection)
• Kidney disorders (cancer, infection, etc)
• Urinary bladder disorders
• Disorders of the spleen (torsion, cancer)
• Disorders of the adrenal glands
• Lung disorders (cancer, torsion, infection, bullae)
• Cardiac disorders (congenital disorders, cancer)
• Reconstructive surgery (after injury, mass removal, burns, etc)
• Ear disease (infection, cancer)
• Upper airway disease (laryngeal paralysis, brachycephalic airway syndrome, tracheal collapse)
• Cranial cruciate rupture (knee joint-intracapsular and extracapsular repair)
• Patellar luxation
• Hip dysplasia (total hip replacement, triple pelvic osteotomy)
• Elbow dysplasia (coronoid fragment removal)
• Bone cancer
• Bone infections
• Congenital bone malformations
The surgery department works as a team, and part of that team approach involves discussing all of the patients within everyone in the department in daily morning patient rounds. Because of this team approach, you may be getting updates on a patient from more than one doctor during a hospitalization period.
Family members and family veterinarians are contacted after surgical procedures once a patient is fully recovered from anesthesia. This is typically in the afternoon or early evening. For hospitalized patients, daily updates are provided to owners between 10 am until 12 noon until the time of discharge. In patients with constantly changing medical status (such as those in critical condition), updates are accordingly provided more frequently. Family members are asked not to call after hours for additional updates from the emergency department staff members. Visitation is generally discouraged during brief hospitalization periods (less than five days) because pets often become distressed following the departure of their family members at the end of such visits. Our patients generally acclimate to their new surroundings (including fold-down beds with fleece blankets and exercise pads) and are kept comfortable by our 24-hour support staff. In certain circumstances (such as longer hospitalization periods) visitations can be arranged by appointments made by our staff members. When a patient is sent home, the family veterinarian is sent a typed summary of the medical record, including surgical and biopsy information.
Hospital discharges are scheduled with discharge technicians by appointment, in order to provide uninterrupted time for family members to ask questions, discuss medications and become familiar and comfortable with after-care instructions. When appropriate (mainly dependent on the state of the surgical incision), patients will be bathed or cleaned prior to release from the hospital.