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Surgical procedures are done daily, and while some are extremely common, we consider none to be routine. At Iron Mountain Animal Hospital great care is taken that nothing interfere with continued patient monitoring whenever anesthesia or sedation is needed. We pride ourselves on the record we have established with respect to our surgical successes.
Our highly skilled veterinarians are capable of performing many surgeries. While spaying, neutering and dental cleanings are performed most frequently, our surgeons and surgical assistants also have extensive experience in orthopedic, gastrointestinal, urological, ear/nose/throat, oncologic and other complex surgery. Monitoring of all parameters of our anesthetized patients is performed using sophisticated equipment measuring heart rate, internal temperature, and oxygen saturation of the red blood cells, as well as pulse and respiration. A continuous EKG is also employed for the safety of your pet undergoing a surgical procedure.
Before surgery, we recommend your pet to have pre-anesthesia blood testing to determine the effect of anesthesia on your pet's body. Anesthetic medications are cleared by the kidneys and liver, so knowing that those organs are in good shape according to blood chemistry levels is an important tool for our doctors. We recommend pre-anesthesia blood work for all animals undergoing anesthesia, and require it for those animals age 7 years or older.
We take special care when administering anesthesia to your pet. Prior to the procedure, a catheter is placed in the vein of one of the limbs so that we have constant easy access to the vein in case of emergency. We also provide fluid support through the catheter during surgery, which helps the animal recover faster and with less complications. All pet's body temperatures are carefully monitored and outside heat sources are used to support a safe body temperature.
For your pet's recovery, we engage in a comprehensive pain management program, including non-sedating, non-steroid based medications, anti-inflammatory medication, pain patches and constant rate infusions of pain killer for relief of extreme pain. We have a veterinary nurse monitor the surgical patient during recovery in our heated ICU post-surgery area.
See the information on our advanced orthopedic surgeries that we are now offering on the ‘TTA link’ located on the upper right of this page.
See the information on our 'radiowave' surgery (better than laser) on the link located in the upper right side of this page.