Surgery

At Tall Grass Animal Hospital, we offer a full range of routine and advanced surgical procedures for our patients. Whether your pet needs a spay or neuter or a more advanced surgical treatment, we recognize that surgery can be a very stressful time for your pet and family. We are here to ensure that your surgical experience is as positive and stress-free as possible. Dr. Fordham will communicate with you throughout every step of the process making sure to answer all of your questions and address any concerns you may have. Our highly trained Certified Technicians will be on hand to assist Dr. Fordham and monitor your pet ensuring they are safe and as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure and recovery. Rest assured your pet will be in the most capable and caring hands.

Our surgery suite is fully equipped with state of the art technology, including the best anesthesia machines and monitoring devices, which enables Dr. Fordham and our staff to maintain your pet’s safety and comfort. Pain management is very important at Tall Grass Animal Hospital. We address your pet’s comfort throughout all surgical procedures from start to finish and continue to monitor and treat pain after the procedure throughout their recovery at home. If an advanced surgical treatment is recommended, then we will have access to Dr. Dave Matthiesen a board-certified surgeon to come to our hospital to help perform the procedure when indicated.

The Process

Prior to your pet’s surgery, Dr. Fordham will take the time needed to explain the procedure to you in detail and assess your pet’s current health. He will recommend the necessary pre-anesthesia lab work and give you pre-surgical instructions. During the procedure, Dr. Fordham and our expert staff work together to monitor anesthesia as well as your pet’s comfort and wellbeing. When surgery is complete your pet will be transferred to a recovery area where he/she will be monitored until ready to return home. Dr. Fordham will contact you to let you know how the surgery went and give you information on your pet’s recovery. Before you take your pet home, you will be given detailed instructions for how to care for your pet and manage your pet’s pain. After surgery, Dr. Fordham will take the time to reach out to you and check on your pets’ recovery and answer any questions you have.

Anesthesia

When your pet requires anesthesia we will always be using the best equipment to monitor your pet. At all times a certified veterinary technician or Dr. Fordham will be monitoring your pet under anesthesia. Just like in humans we will monitor oxygen saturation, blood pressure, ECG (heart rhythm), Carbon Dioxide levels, temperature, respiration, and pulse continuously. Each patient will also have their airway secured and an IV catheter in place to provide fluid support that will also allow quick access to provide medications if needed to support your pet. Once the procedure is done we will recover your pet and continue to monitor closely. We will also have access to a board certified anesthesiologist to help if your pet condition requires more advanced monitoring due to an underlying health issue.