Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham

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FAQ

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  1. What is the most common surgery performed in your hospital?

    Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) for cranial cruciate ligament rupture

    Spinal Decompression Surgery for intervertebral disc rupture/herniation

  2. Where can I find valid, reliable information about my pet's surgical disease?

    We encourage owners not to read individuals' internet postings or unvalidated websites.  The American College of Veterinary Surgeons has created a website for owners with valid, reliable information.  'Click' the link below.

    http://www.acvs.org/small-animal

  3. What is a "Board Certified Surgeon"?

    All three surgeons at our practice are 'Board-Certified'.  This means that they have undergone additional specialty training beyond the normal 4 years of veterinary school.  In addition, certification requires passing all parts of a multiple-day test.  To learn more about what it means to be a Board Certified Surgeon, click the link below.

    http://www.acvs.org/what-is-a-veterinary-surgeon

  4. How can I make an appointment to have my pet evaluated for surgery?

    See your family veterinarian for an initial evaluation.  If your veterinarian determines that your pet is in need of our expertise, he/she will refer you to our practice.

  5. How much does an appointment cost?

    After an examination and consultation with one of our surgeons, costs associated with any further diagnostics and surgeries will be discussed on a case-by-case basis, depending on the complexity of the case. 

  6. What happens when I bring my pet for evaluation?

    One of our assistants will take a brief history and your pet's vital signs (temperature, pulse and respiration). Next, one of our surgeons will take more history information and examine your pet.  Most often, further diagnostics will be indicated (bloodwork, X-rays, cytology, etc.). Sedation is sometimes required and diagnostics are usually performed while you wait. The surgeon will discuss the results and recommendations for further treatment (surgery, medications, etc.). If surgery is indicated it is usually performed that same afternoon.  Your pet will stay in our hospital under observation of nurses and a veterinarian. Length of hospital stay depends on the surgery performed and how well your pet recovers from that surgery.

  7. What should I bring with my pet for the evaluation?

    1. Copies of recent X-rays, bloodwork and medical records

    2. All current medications, prescription and over-the-counter (make note of the scheduled times for the next doses)

    3. Any special medically required diet

  8. What should I do for my pet before his/her appointment?

    Most pets should not have food or water after midnight the night before his/her appointment. Do not give pain medications unless absolutely necessary for 24 hours prior to your appointment. If your pet has special needs or is diabetic, contact our office for specialized instructions. If possible your pet should be bathed and dried thoroughly the day before your appointment to prepare for surgery

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