We provide many surgical services at our clinic including routine spay and neuters, soft-tissue surgeries and orthopedic surgeries. Occasionally, we refer our patients to specialists (board certified veterinary surgeons) to perform complex operations. We perform surgery on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Routinely, if your pet is scheduled for a surgical procedure we ask that you bring your pet that morning at 8:00am. Alternative arrangements can be made if necessary. It is important to remember that pets should be fasted about 12 hours before any procedure requiring an anesthetic. Fresh water should be made available to your pet up until the morning of the surgery. Rodents or “pocket pets” are an exception to the fasting instructions and usually need to be fasted only 4-6 hours before surgery. Please consult our office for details.
All of our in-house Laparoscopic/Endoscopic Procedures are performed by Dr. Paul Hodges.
Minimally invasive procedures (or MIP) are generally defined as “procedures that are performed in a manner that causes as little trauma to the patient as possible”.
- Over the last several years, minimally invasive procedures have become one of the most rapidly growing areas of treatment in both human, as well as, veterinary medicine. In fact, minimally invasive options are now considered the standard of care in human medicine. Minimally invasive procedures have been proven to significantly reduce recovery times after surgery, as well as, overall post-operative discomfort in both humans and animals. Minimally invasive options have been available in veterinary medicine for a number of years now, but have generally been restricted to specialty/referral centers. More recently, the benefits of minimally invasive procedures have been appreciated in general practice and a select number of veterinarians have begun offering it in their clinics. We are proud to say we were the 1st Clinic to bring this procedure to the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
- Procedures available: spay, cryptorchid neuter (one testicle within the abdomen), prophylactic gastropexy (stomach tack to prevent GDV), cystotomy (bladder stone removal), liver or intestinal biopsy, gastric (stomach) foreign body removal, rhinoscopy (visualization of the nose), otoscopy (visualization of the ear).
Why Choose a Laparoscopic over Traditional Method of Spay?
While a traditional spay is certainly effective, the availability of minimally invasive options in veterinary medicine offers significant improvements. A traditional spay involves a 3-4 inch abdominal incision and a full open abdominal surgery. The blood vessels are tied with sutures (stitches) and soft tissues stretched to allow removal of the reproductive tract. In a laparoscopic spay, a small 1 cm abdominal incision is made, just large enough to introduce a small camera and set of instruments directly into the abdomen. The blood vessels and soft tissues are cauterized and cut. By cauterizing tissue, nerve endings and blood vessels are sealed, meaning that very few pain sensations will be transmitted and a minimal amount of bleeding will occur.
Less painful – a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed an average of a 65% decrease in pain scores when compared to traditional spay methods
Faster recovery – back to the park in 3 days!
Day surgery – your pet goes home the same day
In the unfortunate situation where orthopedic surgery (surgery of the bones) is required, a specialty surgeon is available to have procedures done at the hospital. Although most cases can be performed in hospital, each case is unique as there are some situations where the patient should be referred. Once we conduct an in-depth review of the case, we always suggest what is best for the patient so in some cases, having surgery performed at a specialty hospital where they can be monitored closely overnight is more beneficial.