We offer an in house and referral Surgical service from our Alverthorpe Hospital. We have access to modern advanced imaging techniques, allowing us to diagnose a range of conditions.
Our Surgical service is run by Surgical Director and Advanced Practitioner Dr Lisa Flood MVB MRCVS GPCert(SAS)(DII) PGCertSAS, and Head Nurse Michelle Rewcastle RVN DipAVN HECVN. Lisa is a Post-Graduate Certificate holder in Small Animal Surgery. Michelle holds the Advanced Nursing Diploma and BSAVA Merit Award in Surgical Nursing.
Aftercare is provided at our Alverthorpe Hospital, which is staffed 24hrs a day, ensuring our patients have the best possible recovery from surgery.
We offer a range of procedures including:
- Wound repair
- Mass/tumour removal
- Foreign body removal
- Exploratory Laparotomies
- Brachycephalic Airway Surgery (BOAS)
- Portosystemic shunt surgery.
- Thoracotomy- lung lobectomy
- Liver lobectomy
- Perineal Hernia
- Perineal urethrosotomy
- Epigastric flap and advancement flaps
- Laryngeal tie back
- Parotid Duct Transposition
- Corneoconjunctival pedicle graft
- Gunderson Hood Flap for melting ulcers
- Sky Gazing Technique/Facelift
- Split lid technique for eyelid mass removal
- Pavletic Graft (lip to lid)
On the Day of Surgery
If your pet is having a general anaesthetic, they will first be given an injection called a pre-medication. It usually contains a pain killer and a sedative, which means they will feel comfortable and relaxed.
When they are ready for their procedure, they normally receive an injection into the vein in one of their front legs to induce general anaesthesia. This means they will have a shaved area on one or more of their legs. Once they are asleep they have a tube inserted into their trachea (windpipe) to give them oxygen and maintain anaesthesia. Your pet is then monitored closely throughout the anaesthesia.
After surgery, your pet will be monitored until they are fully recovered. We will then contact you to provide you with an update on your pet’s progress and if appropriate to arrange a convenient time for a discharge appointment.
Our Medical Service for in patients is run by Head Nurse, Megan Everett RVN DipAVN HECVN. Megan works full time at our Alverthorpe Hospital and is responsible for ensuring our patients receive the best possible care.