From routine spay and neuter procedures to complex orthopedic repairs or tumor removals, we’re here for you! Our dedicated surgical suite meets the most stringent veterinary standards of the American Animal Hospital Association (also known as AAHA). In addition to embracing cutting-edge technology and utilizing radiography and ultrasound to assist with surgical accuracy where appropriate, we also have a dedicated anesthetist present during surgery whose sole responsibility is to monitor your pet’s respiration, heart rate, blood pressure, and blood oxygenation level.
What do AAHA’s surgical protocols look like? From their website:
Surgical protocols at AAHA-accredited clinics include:
Pre-surgical assessments. Prior to surgery, the veterinary team verifies the specifics of the procedure; completes a thorough physical exam of the patient; and ensures blood tests have been completed, documented, and reviewed by the veterinarian. Among other things, these precautions help determine if your pet is at risk for complications while under general anesthesia.
Vital sign monitoring. With a state of the art digital monitor vital signs are monitored and recorded throughout the procedure by a dedicated anesthesia technician, monitoring blood oxygen tension, blood pressure, ecg form, rhythm and rate, pulse and respiratory rates.
Dedicated surgical suite. To prevent post-surgical infections and cross-contamination, surgeries are performed in a room used only for sterile surgical procedures.
Surgical attire. Staff must wear disposable caps and masks when entering the surgical suite. Anyone involved in the procedure itself must also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.
Sterile packs and equipment. Surgical instruments are carefully cleaned, sterilized, and double wrapped prior to each procedure to avoid infections.
AAHA's standards diminish the risks associated with surgery and help veterinary practices achieve the highest level of care. The safety and comfort of your pet are always of the utmost importance.
In addition to performing surgery, we take excellent care of you and your pet following the procedure and during the recovery period. For most procedures, we advocate the use of laser therapy to help speed healing, reduce swelling, and decrease pain. We also send home pain medication where appropriate, to ensure your furry friend is comfortable and able to rest and recover. After a procedure, you will have a chance to speak with Dr. Schulman about the procedure and about any questions you might have during your pet’s discharge consult. In addition to the post-surgery doctor consult, we send home written aftercare instructions for you to refer to and are always available by phone or by email to answer any questions you may have.