Surgery is an important service in veterinary medicine. Many procedures help your pet live longer, healthier lives by preventing or correcting serious medical conditions. At Pennsylvania Veterinary Care, our veterinarian, Dr. Joseph Leppanen, has advanced training in orthopedic surgery, including dog ACL surgery, as well as laser surgery for soft tissue procedures. With our surgical skills, you and your pet are much less likely to be referred out for a complex surgery—you can trust your primary veterinarian to do it!
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Common Soft Tissue Procedures
For many of our soft tissue procedures, we can use a surgical laser. However, there are some procedures where it may be better to use a scalpel. Your veterinarian will talk to you about your pet’s options and the best method of surgery.
Common soft tissue procedures we perform include:
- Spays and neuters
- Mass/tumor removals
- Foreign body removals
- Eye surgeries (i.e. enucleation, cherry eye, etc.)
- Exploratory surgery
- Bladder stone removal (cystotomy)
- Perineal urethrostomy (PU)
- Anal gland removal
- Entropion repair
- Biopsies (including ultrasound guided biopsies)
- And more
Orthopedics are different from soft tissue surgery in that they involve bones and joints. These procedures require advanced training to perform as they are more complex — and our talented team is up to the task.
Orthopedics we perform include:
- Dog ACL surgery (TPLO), aka cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) repairs
- Patellar luxation repairs
- Fracture repairs
- I-Loc system
- Salter Harris fracture repairs
- Hip dysplasia corrections
- And more
Safety & Comfort Come First
Safety and comfort are our biggest priorities during your pet’s procedure. We perform extensive safety protocols both before, during, and after surgery with the aim of giving you peace of mind while reducing your pet’s anxiety and discomfort.
Our process begins with thorough preoperative screening including blood work and an exam. This helps us uncover any potential underlying conditions and make preparations so we can reduce the risk of complications. It also allows us to form a personalized anesthetic protocol for your pet so they receive just the right amount of anesthesia. In addition, we’ll develop a customized strategy for keeping your best friend comfortable and pain-free — before, during, and following surgery.
Once your pet is safely sedated, we’ll place an IV catheter that supplies them with fluids which help hydrate them and control their blood pressure. Plus, our surgical team monitors your pet’s vitals throughout surgery on state-of-the-art monitoring equipment that tracks your pet’s heart rate and rhythm, respiratory rate, pulse oximetry, blood pressure, and more. When surgery is complete, we’ll relocate your pet to our safe, quiet recovery area where our staff will be there to watch over and comfort them.
While many soft tissue procedures see pets going home the same day, some orthopedic patients will require overnight care. This is so we can provide them with the most effective pain management and monitor their recovery. We’ll be in touch as soon as they are ready to come home.
When you arrive to pick up your pet, we’ll go over our aftercare instructions, including a plan for pain management. Depending on your pet’s procedure, we may recommend regenerative medicine options such as laser therapy, platelet rich plasma, or stem cell therapy to aid in their recovery. If you have any questions or concerns about your pet’s health during their recovery, you know who to call: (517) 393-8010.