Animal Care Center of Castle Pines

Surgery

At Animal Care Center, we work to provide the most advanced medical equipment to treat your pets. One of the options we provide is the use of a surgical laser for different procedures.

Spay and Neutering

Laser Surgery

One of the options we provide is the use of a surgical laser for different procedures. Primarily used in spays and neuters Laser surgery utilizes a highly focused beam to cut through the tissue. It simultaneously seals capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics, and nerve endings. Laser surgery has many benefits for your pet when compared to traditional surgery. These benefits include:

Reduced pain– the laser seals nerve endings as it goes, vastly reducing the amount of pain the patient feels during and after surgery. 

Reduced bleeding– The laser cauterizes and seals small blood vessels, providing the surgeon with a cleaner surgical field and the patient with a greatly decreased risk of bleeding during surgery.

Reduced swelling– there is no physical contact between the laser and the region being operated on, eliminating the tearing and bruising associated with traditional surgical methods.

Quicker recovery– as a result of all of the above, laser surgery provides the benefit we know you will appreciate most of all: a quicker recovery for your pet.

Laparoscopic spay

Laparoscopy – also known as minimally invasive surgery, allows surgeons to perform the same procedures as in traditional surgery that requires large incisions, by using 2 small incisions. One incision for a camera to visualize the structures in the body and the other to place the instrument for the procedure. Studies have shown major benefits to the patient in terms of reduced post operative pain, reduced hospital stay and a quicker return to normal physical activities. Additionally we see reduced wound complications that can be associated with large incisions and most importantly we see increased post operative comfort in our patients.

At Animal Care Center of Castle Pines we offer the following services laparoscopically:

  • Spays
  • Cystotomies
  • Liver biopsies
  • Abdominal exploratories
  • Intra-abdominal biopsies
  • Gastropexy

 

If you have owned a large breed dog, than you have likely heard of GDV (Gastric Dilitation and Torsion) a condition in which the stomach flips on itself. This life threatening condition causes the stomach to seal itself on both sides trapping gas and air. The result is a very distended stomach that begins to cause tissue death. Surgical correction is the only way to correct this and is always an emergency.

While there is no specific known cause of this condition, we know that large breed, deep chested dogs are more susceptible to GDV. That is why we will discuss this preventative surgery with you when you bring your puppy to us. We offer the procedure called a gastropexy, where we make a small incision in the stomach and suture it to the body wall. This way even though it can still dilate or fill with air, it cannot flip over on itself. A great time to have this procedure done is during their spay or neuter. Be sure to ask us about having this performed laparoscopically.

Soft tissue surgery

We offer a wide range of soft tissue surgical services:

  • Mass removals
  • Laparoscopic liver biopsies
  • Skin biopsies
  • Mast Cell tumor removals
  • Parathyroidectomies
  • Endoscopy
  • Laparotomy
  • Splenectomy
  • Cystotomies
  • Anatomical corrective surgery
  • Laceration repairs

As we try to always provide the most advanced medicine, we now offer endoscopy services for a minimally invasive approach. Endoscopy is the use of a small camera that we can pass down into the GI tract without having to make an incision.
If your pet has eaten something is shouldn’t there is a chance we can utilize endoscopy to visualize the object and remove it.
If we need small tissue samples for biopsy, often this is an option for getting these samples.

If we are trying to diagnose something within the intestinal tract this allows us to visually inspect the gi tract without making multiple incisions throughout the body to do so.

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