Surgical Procedures

Whether your pet is in for a routine spay or neuter or requires a more complicated surgical procedure, you can have confidence the medical team at Apple Valley Animal Hospital will work hard to ensure each procedure is completed with the utmost expertise and is as stress-free as possible for you and your pet. Our Apple Valley doctors have experience performing a wide range of surgical procedures, including:

General Surgical Procedures

  • Spay and neuter surgeries
  • Tumor removals
  • Abdominal surgery
  • Laceration/bite-wound repairs
  • Declaw procedures
  • Urinary/bladder, including stone removal
  • Caesarean sections
  • Laser surgery

Orthopedic Procedures

  • Fracture Repairs
  • Ligament Repair
  • ACL Repair (anterior cruciate ligament)
  • MPL Repair (medial patellar luxation)
  • Jaw Fractures
  • Amputations
  • TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy)

The staff at Apple Valley Animal Hospital understands the decision to allow your pet to undergo surgery is never an easy one. To that end, we are happy to answer any questions regarding your pet’s specific surgery. All patients requiring surgery will receive a pre-surgical physical exam. Pain management medication is provided to all pets before surgery. Our surgery table is heated for your pet’s comfort, and cozy, plush towels are provided for your pet’s rest after surgery. Pain is also managed during recovery so your pet is as comfortable as can be. A technician monitors your pet’s recovery closely until he or she is released to your care. Apple Valley Animal Hospital also offers medical therapy or hospitalization, should your pet require it. Dr. Jessen also performs a wide variety of surgeries on most avian and exotic pets.

Laser Surgery

Surgical lasers offers important benefits for your pet. In laser surgery, a highly focused laser beam efficiently vaporizes the affected living tissue and it simultaneously seals capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics and nerve endings. With laser surgery, your pet will experience:

  • Less Bleeding: As it makes an incision, the laser seals small blood vessels. The result is a significant reduction in bleeding which enables different surgical procedures to be utilized for optimal results for your pet.
  • Less Pain: The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics, which results in less edema and pain for your pet. Less pain also means less recovery time for your pet’s post-operative healing.
  • Reduced Risk of Infection: One of the most unique features of the CO2 laser beam is that it efficiently kills bacteria in its path, producing a sterilizing effect.
  • Quicker Recovery and Healing Time: Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding and pain and less swelling allow your pet to make a quick recovery after surgery.

Customized Anesthesia Protocol

For some procedures, your pet will require general anesthesia so that he or she will be unconscious and not feel pain. Many pet owners worry about general anesthesia. We can assure you that modern anesthesia is quite safe. To further lower any risk, we perform a physical examination and recommend blood work to catch any underlying health issues. We then create a anesthetic protocol tailored specifically for your pet. During anesthesia, your pet is cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our monitoring system which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and oxygen level.

Comprehensive Pain Management

Your pet feels pain and discomfort, just like we do. Recognizing and alleviating pain in your pet is the essence of good patient care. Apple Valley Animal Hospital uses advanced pain management protocols to keep your pet comfortable and pain free before, during and after surgery. Local anesthesia is often used in combination with systemic medication to make sure your pet is as comfortable as can be.

Pain management is also a service we provide for pets who have experienced a trauma or have dental, abdominal, arthritic or other pain. If needed, we will also provide pain medications for your pet if they are suffering near the end of their life.

Responsive Postoperative Care

Following surgery, all patients are kept warm and comfortable and are closely monitored to assure a full recovery. The amount of time your pet will need to be monitored after surgery varies. In some cases, pets will need to be monitored overnight; in others, they can be sent home the same day.

As your pet is being discharged from the hospital, we will provide you with detailed information on how to properly care for them at home after surgery. We are also happy to answer any questions or concerns that may arise once you get your pet home.

If you would like more information about the surgical services that Apple Valley Animal Hospital offers for your pet or to schedule an appointment at our animal hospital, please call 760-490-0635.