Emergency Veterinary Surgery
When emergency surgery is required at BSVES, our focus is on ensuring the safety of the patient and the best possible outcome. Emergency surgeries are performed by our trained emergency doctors and, in some cases, our board-certified surgeons. Every pet gets a complete pre-operative assessment including any appropriate diagnostic testing. Every effort is made to ensure that your pet is stable and as strong as possible before undergoing anesthesia and surgery.
BSVES has a large, modern surgery suite for performing the most up-to-date procedures utilizing advanced surgical equipment. The surgical suite is outfitted with monitoring equipment, including end-tidal carbon dioxide, pulse oximetry, blood pressure and EKG instrumentation as well as breathing support provided by a mechanical ventilator if needed. This equipment, along with table-side testing and the complete on-site laboratory, ensures the safest possible anesthesia for each patient.
Following surgery, patients are allowed to recover in a warm and quiet environment with careful, continuous monitoring to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible. It is well known that it is much easier to prevent pets from being in pain than it is to eliminate pain once it has set in. A multi-modal and pro-active approach to managing pain is part of the pre- and post-operative plan for every surgery patient. Our highly trained technicians monitor each pet continuously for any signs of discomfort (learn more about anesthesia and pain management).
Why Is it Important to Provide 24-Hour Care?
The staff of BSVES consists of highly trained technicians and critical care/emergency doctors 24 hours per day. Moment-by-moment monitoring of post-operative patients allows us to provide early recognition of pain or complications. The sooner issues are identified and receive treatment, the easier they are resolved and the less likely that they will develop into anything more complicated.
The first evening after a surgery is an important one for post-operative patients. Constant nursing care allows the patients to be kept clean, dry, warm, and comfortable as he or she continues to recover from anesthesia. As pets become more active, their post-operative pain may become more pronounced. They may have difficulty during this time in getting up to urinate or drink water. These pets are usually kept on a maintenance level of IV fluid therapy and are assisted in their efforts to urinate or change positions. Pain is treated as aggressively as possible without compromising the safety of the pet.
Because of our continuous monitoring of patients, BSVES is able to tailor care to each pet’s specific needs and provide uninterrupted pain management. Early initiation of surgical incision care and physical therapy within the first 24 to 72 hours shortens recovery time and promotes healing.