Surgical Services at Society Hill Veterinary Hospital

Surgical ServicesWe understand that surgery is not an easy experience for you and your pet. At Society Hill Veterinary Hospital we strive to ensure your pet's surgical procedure is as comfortable and stress-free as possible. To that end, we also endeavor to provide our clients with a clear understanding of why a particular procedure is necessary, what the procedure entails, proper post-operative care, and to convey any other information you may need to feel comfortable that you are making the right choice for your pet.

Staffed by a team of highly trained veterinarians and experienced veterinary technicians, we are proud of the quality of surgical care we provide and the wide range of surgical procedures we offer. Beyond spay and neuter surgeries, Society Hill Veterinary Hospital performs an array of orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries.

Soft tissue surgeries include biopsy, cystotomy, eye enucleation, enterotomy, gastrotomy, hernia repair, laser declaw, and more. Orthopedic surgeries include ortho-patellar luxation, amputation, cruciate repair, fracture repair, tendon repair, femoral head ostectomy, feline symphysial repair, and more.

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Veterinary Laser Surgery

Veterinary Laser SurgeryLaser surgery is one of the most humane surgical techniques available. Laser surgery minimizes bleeding by cauterizing and sealing small blood vessels, reduces pain by sealing nerve endings as it passes through tissue, limits swelling because there is no physical contact between the laser and surgical area, and reduces the risk of infection. In all, a laser promotes more rapid healing after a surgical procedure as well as reduces the risks of undergoing surgery.

Society Hill Veterinary Hospital uses an Acuvet laser unit for a range of procedures such as cyst, tumor and wart removal as well as cat declaws. We use the laser in all of our surgeries, since we believe all of our patients should benefit from the advantages that laser surgery provides. Please ask us how our laser unit could benefit your pet for his or her upcoming procedure.

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Anesthesia & Monitoring

Anesthesia & MonitoringAnesthesia and cardiovascular monitoring are important, integral aspects of every surgery we perform. For this reason, your pet has access to the best and most advanced anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment and protocols.

All general anesthesia patients have direct IV access with catheters so that we can provide warm IV fluids during procedures. We also use a Bear hugger along with the heated surgery table and recovery cages to maintain healthy body temperatures. Every patient that undergoes anesthesia has a recovery nurse that stays with the patient and monitors their vitals until they are fully recovered.

Prior to anesthesia all pets are examined by a doctor and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet's past anesthetic history, breed, preexisting conditions, and age are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet.

During anesthesia and surgery, your pet is constantly monitored by a trained veterinary technician, using our advanced monitoring system. This system continuously monitors your pet's arterial oxygen level, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and core body temperature. We also use heated surgical tables to ensure a safe body temperature is maintained throughout the procedure.

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Pain Management

Society Hill Veterinary Hospital also believes that identifying and relieving pain is essential to the recovery of your pet. Therefore, pain management is an important aspect of our intra- and post-surgical protocols. We utilize the latest pain management methodologies and medications, such as nerve blocks, Fentanyl patches, continuous rate infusion (CRI), and multi-modal drug approaches depending on the procedure and your pet's needs.

At discharge, we may also send additional pain management medication home with you and your pet after providing a thorough explanation of its proper use and dosage.

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Postoperative Care

After your pet's procedure is complete, Society Hill Veterinary Hospital practices intensive after-surgery care in order to assess your pet's recovery from anesthesia and surgery.

As your pet is being discharged from the Hospital, we will provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for your pet at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home. Please call us at (215) 627-5955.

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Our hospital uses the CryoProbe. It is a pen-like instrument which uses small Nitrous Oxide cartridges to deliver quick and effective treatments. It can treat growth as small as 1 mm, including lesions around the eye.

The CryoProbe is a practical solution to your pet's skin lesions. It allows our doctors to remove skin imperfections with the precision of a scalpel, without any cutting. No anesthesia is necessary and treatments are fast, safe and effective. You can take your companion home on the same day.

The CryoProbe works by freezing the unwanted tissue with a precise flow of Nitrous Oxide. This damages the cells and cuts off supply from the blood vessel, until the growth eventually falls off. Side effects are limited, and include minimal nerve damage and little to no discomfort.

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