Surgical services

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We operate from Monday to Friday. Patients are admitted from 8am to 9am, and should have been starved overnight. Most patients will return home the same day. Pre-operative health checks consisting of blood tests are available to all cases, and strongly recommended for patients older than eight years.

Those patients undergoing general anaesthesia will be closely monitored by our trained nursing staff. We use a carefully chosen range of anaesthetic drugs and pain killers to make surgery as safe and as comfortable as possible. Our team of vets are able to use the latest knowledge and skills to deal with everything from routine neutering to major surgeries.

Facilities include:

  • Two sterile operating theatres.
  • Modern anaesthetic machines and monitoring equipment.
  • Up-to-date surgical instrumentation.
  • Electrocardiography (ECG) machine for monitoring and diagnosing of heart defects.
  • Blood pressure monitoring.
  • Capnography and pulse oximetry.

Laser surgery

We have become one of the first practices in the UK to invest in a carbon dioxide laser for surgery.

Why a laser?

There are considerable benefits to both patient and surgeon from laser surgery. Essentially cutting and dissecting of tissues is carried out using a concentrated laser beam rather than scalpel blades and scissors. The laser seals small blood vessels and lymph vessels as it cuts, reducing bleeding and post-operative swelling. It also allows a surgeon to be more precise in their actions since the tissues appear cleaner and clearer.

The laser also seals off nerve endings as it cuts, reducing post-operative pain. The laser kills bacteria instantly, effectively sterilising the operating area.

The great versatility of the laser allows us to do everything from fine cuts to evaporating tumours which may otherwise be difficult to remove. It also allows us to perform some procedures, such as wart removals, under local anaesthetic where a full general anaesthetic would normally be required.

There is an extra fee for the use of the laser, but this is far outweighed by the benefits to your pet.

Benefits of laser surgery:

  • Much less bleeding and blood loss during surgery.
  • Less post-operative swelling.
  • Improved post-operative comfort.
  • Precise surgery leaving normal tissue undamaged.
  • Reduced chances of wound contamination.
  • The ability to perform some operations under local anaesthesia.