Routine and Elective Surgery

Routine and elective surgeries are performed in order to prevent future injury or disease as well to treat or correct certain underlying conditions or situations. Our experienced veterinarian performs a myriad of elective surgical procedures here in our state of the art surgical suite:

Spays and neuters: including cryptorchid testicle retrieval. These sterilization techniques are used in order to provide population control, prevent unwanted behavior such as heat cycles in females and roaming in males, as well as decrease the risk of future medical problems such as infection and certain types of cancer. image

Spay:  Traditional spays are done as “open” procedures whereby a large incision is made into the abdomen and the entire uterus with both ovaries are removed. Research in the UK has shown that just as effective results can be obtained by removing the ovaries only (termed ovariectomy) and leaving the uterus in place. However, by removing the ovaries the sex hormone regulation is lost and these animals are at no higher risk compared to traditional spays for things such as: pyometra (uterus infection) and mammary cancer, the two most common reproductive diseases in intact animals. The best benefit of ovarectomy is that it can be performed via laparoscopy, thereby reducing pain and tissue trauma and allowing a much faster recovery and return to function. Please refer to the laparoscopic surgery section for more information. 

Mass removals: Cancerous masses are common occurrences in cats and dogs of all ages. They come in two broad categories including benign (locally invasive but not typically able to spread to other areas), and malignant (locally invasive with the potential to metastasize or spread to other areas of the body). Both benign and malignant masses can be found anywhere on the body including on the skin, in the mouth and in the abdomen or chest. It is always recommended to sample a mass via fine needle aspiration or biopsy prior to removal so that it can be assessed and the procedure can be properly planned.

Gastropexies (stomach tacking to prevent bloat or GDV): Large and giant breed dogs can undergo a stomach tacking procedure in order to reduce the risk of the GDV complex. This procedure can be performed in a traditional, open fashion or laparoscopically. Refer to the laparoscopic surgical section for more information.

Foreign body removals from the stomach, intestines and soft tissues: Occasionally our pets eat things they shouldn’t. Not to worry, our highly skilled team has the ability to get them on the road to recovery.

Wound care: Sometimes wounds are severe enough  they require surgical intervention. We are well versed in the surgical and medical management of  wounds of varying degrees of severity.

Splenectomies (removal of the spleen): The spleen is a blood filtering organ that can have numerous conditions affect it including: cancerous and non-cancerous masses, torsion (twisting on its axis and cutting off blood supply), and infections. Dogs can go on to live a normal life without a spleen and as such we sometime will advocate to have it removed. Check out this informational video featuring some of our equipment which has revolutionized how we manage patients with splenic disorders.

Intestinal and liver biopsies: Small pieces of tissue can be obtained from the intestines or liver surgically in order to help diagnose and ultimately treat certain conditions.

Cystotomy (for bladder stone removal): Surgery may be needed to remove stones within the bladder. Surgical removal of the stones is just a single aspect of stone management. Once they are removed we aim to keep them out. After surgery we can help to develop a dietary and life-style plan in order to prevent the stone’s recurrence. In some patients, bladder stones can be removed with minimally invasive or non-invasive techniques, thereby avoiding the traditional and seemingly more painful open procedures.  

Ocular (eye) surgeries: Certain conditions require surgical intervention of the eyes. We also consult with ophthalmologists in the area to be sure that your pet is receiving the best care possible.

Dental surgery: The mouth is a fragile place and can cause a lot of pain if left untreated. Our team of highly skilled doctors have pursued continuing education in order to be sure that your pets receive the highest of dental care.

Cesarean sections (C-sections): When there is a C-section at Hilltop Animal Hospital we take every precaution in order to minimize risk. This leads to high percentages of success. By utilizing specific anesthetic protocols, having a skilled team, and coordinated efficiency, you can be sure that your puppies are in the right hands. 

Limb amputations: Certain conditions require removal of one of the limbs. The prospect of having a pet's limb amputated can be a very worrisome scenario. However dogs and cats tend to do exceptionally well with only three limbs. View this informational video featuring our equipment which allow us to perform amputations in a safe and efficient manner, and with minimal hemorrhage or blood loss.

Have questions about any of these topics or ones you don’t see?  Please contact us for more information.


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