What to Expect the Day of Surgery | What
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To Expect The Day of Surgery:
The night before your pet’s surgery appointment, we will ask you to withhold food after 9:00 pm (they can
still have water).The morning of surgery a doctor will
examine your pet and admit him/her for surgery. You will be requested
to sign a consent form giving us permission to perform the requested
procedure as well as choosing optional blood work for younger animals
undergoing routine procedures (older pets or those undergoing non-routine
procedures will be required to have blood work done first). Blood
work allows us to assess kidney and liver function and the ability
of your pet to handle the anesthetic. At this point the technician
will draw blood from your pet and run the sample in our lab.
After the doctor has reviewed the blood work and made sure
everything is normal, the technician will administer a premedication
to your pet. This is a combination of drugs to start to
help your pet relax and an initial pain medication. Once your pet
is relaxed, we administer a fast acting induction agent to put them
to sleep quickly, we intubate them (put a tube in their airway)
and connect them to a gas anesthetic and oxygen. The technician
then attaches them to an EKG (to measure heart activity), a pulse
oximeter (to measure oxygen in the blood) and a blood pressure monitor.
We use this monitoring equipment to make sure your pet is responding
to the anesthesia appropriately.
next step is to clip and clean your pet for surgery. While
the technician is doing this, the doctor is scrubbing his hands,
putting on a cap, a mask, a gown and sterile gloves. Your pet is
moved into the sterile surgery suite, placed on a heating pad, given
a final prep and then the doctor is ready to begin surgery. The
technician also stays with your pet through the whole surgery watching
the equipment as well as checking your pet’s pulse, watching
their breathing pattern and assessing their mucous membrane color,
all to be sure the monitoring equipment is working correctly.
When the doctor has finished the surgery, your
pet will be recovered from the surgery. We keep these pets in cages
that are in our treatment area so that we can monitor them carefully
while they are recovering from surgery. They are given additional
pain medication during the day and depending on the surgery either
go home that night or the next day with more pain medication. If
they have skin sutures in place they will be set up for a suture
removal in 10–14 days.