Park West Veterinary Associates
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SOFT TISSUE SURGERY

We have a spacious dedicated surgery suite and the advanced equipment needed to perform most surgeries. Our doctors are proficient in many soft tissue surgeries, including spays and neuters, enterotomies and gastrotomies, cystotomies, splenectomies, gastropexies, tumor removals, and many more. Also, we can perform surgeries to improve conformation problems such as inverted eyelids or narrow nares, and we can perform soft palate surgery to enable some dogs to breathe better. The training we go through allows us to continually improve.

Spay & Neuter

Spaying or Neutering is very important in controlling the pet population as well as reducing unwanted behaviors. Our goal is to not only spay or neuter your pet but have the process be as safe and comfortable for them as possible. We take several precautions to be sure that happens. For example, we place an IV catheter in every patient which provides fluids before, during, and after anesthesia. Our doctors wear a sterile gown and gloves and use a sterile instrument and suture pack for each surgery. We have a dedicated surgery room which is cleaned specifically for this purpose. Each pet has their blood pressure, oxygen/CO2 level, temperature, heart rate and rhythm (EKG) measured throughout surgery to ensure safety and ideal anesthetic depth.

We also focus on pain management by providing three different pain medications during surgery. All animals go home with post-op pain medications for their recovery. The sutures we use are buried under the skin and dissolve on their own, so they don't have any external sutures to lick. Your pet comes into the hospital in the morning and goes home that same afternoon, and most act like they never had surgery by the following afternoon.

Laparoscopic Surgery

We are dedicated to offering the most up to date care. One way we have done that is to bring in laparoscopic surgery. This involves performing abdominal surgery with a camera and instruments through small holes. It allows us to perform laparoscopic ovariectomy (lap spay), lap assisted gastropexy for large and deep chested dogs, and to biopsy internal organs in a non-invasive way.

Laparoscopic ovariectomy is an alternative to traditional dog spay methods. By using our minimally invasive laparoscopic equipment we are able to access the internal organs much more easily and with better visualization. This means we can evaluate organs and bleeding much more effectively than with an open surgery. We are able to cut and seal the blood vessels and deliver a much less painful experience. The decreased pain, better visualization, and small incisions come together to offer a more comfortable surgery for your pets and a faster recovery time so they can get on their feet faster.

Large breed dogs are more prone to a life-threatening emergency call GDV (Gastric dilatation and volvulus) which is when their stomach fills with gas and flips over. Performing a stomach tack, or gastropexy, surgically affixes the stomach to the body wall which helps to prevent this condition. By performing a Lap-assisted gastropexy we can perform an incisional gastropexy with much smaller and less-invasive incisions. Both male and female dogs can benefit from this procedure.

Using minimally invasive methods, we are able to safely obtain internal biopsy samples to aid in the diagnosis of disease. Normal biopsy methods involve full abdominal surgery, using our laparoscope we can evaluate and obtain samples from internal organs.

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