Skilled Surgical Solutions for Tigard Area Pets
There are few times a pet owner feels more helpless than when a pet needs surgery. At Community Pet Hospital, we understand your concerns and offer our compassion, skill, and expertise to bring your pet back to optimal health when surgery is necessary. Our veterinarians have over 20 years of experience and are skilled in a wide variety of veterinary surgeries.
What to Expect From the Surgical Procedure
Prior to surgery, your pet will typically undergo complete pre-anesthetic blood tests. These tests are critical for determining any underlying ailments that may have gone undetected. With a simple neuter, we do not require pre-anesthetic for a healthy younger dog. Once we are assured your pet is well enough for anesthesia, we go forward with the surgery.
The day of your petís surgery, we administer sedation to keep your pet calm and comfortable during the pre-op preparations. The anesthesia is increased once the surgery is underway. Throughout your petís surgery, a technician monitors all his or her vital signs closely and keeps the veterinarian apprised of any changes. We also use a heated surgical table during the surgery, which not only reduces stress, but also ensures your pet stays warm and comfortable while maintaining a healthy temperature.
Pain management is incredibly important to us, as we know that a pain-free animal is a happy animal. Once your pet is well enough to leave the hospital, we send medication to ease his or her pain at home and help facilitate a speedy recovery for your furry friend. Our on-site pharmacy offers the convenience of filling your petís prescription without any extra stop on the way home. We also send home detailed post-surgical instructions. If you have questions, our staff is available to address your concerns. Please feel free to call us anytime.
Traditionally, veterinarians use standard surgical tools, but advancements in technology allow us to bring state-of-the-art tools to the surgery suite. Our facility is equipped with the most modern equipment available, including our surgical laser and respirator, as well as body temperature, EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen percentage monitors.
The surgical laser offers many advantages, and we recommend laser surgery for the following:
- Ear and eyelid surgery
- Tumor removal
- Oral surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
Laser surgery is widely used in the most advanced of veterinary hospitals because it not only reduces healing time for your pet, but also reduces bleeding and pain. In situations where laser surgery is not an option, we recommend traditional surgery. Our veterinary surgeons are well qualified for the following surgeries:
- Soft tissue, including masses or tumors
- Foreign body removal
- Airway obstruction
- Dental surgery
- Wound repair
- Orthopedic, including broken bones and joint surgery
- Emergency surgery
- Cosmetic breed specific modifications
- Gastrointestinal (GI)
- Oncology surgery
- Cesarean section
We Offer TTA Surgery
One of the many services we provide at Community Pet Hospital is the Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (or commonly called TTA) surgery to repair a ruptured or torn cranial cruciate ligament. Ruptures and tears can occur to this ligament most frequently when a pet is middle aged, overweight, or a medium/large sized breed. It is also considered one of the most common knee surgeries. The TTA surgery is a modification of the TPLO. The TTA allows for a less invasive procedure as the stifle is shifted vs. the tibia cut during a TPLO surgery. Because the TTA surgery is less invasive it has a faster recovery time and a canine can be weight bearing within 24-48 hours and improving with time.
Rest assured, the staff at Community Pet Hospital will closely monitor your pet before, during, and after any surgical procedure. Our ultimate goal is ensure your pet is back to his or her normal, happy, healthy self as quickly as possible.
“Dr. Christensen is always very thorough and kind to my pets. We appreciate her very much. She is a wonderful asset to the clinic. ” ~ Becky Goldman