Surgery

We have a fully equipped modern operating suite, in our hospital where we carry out major surgical procedures.

Elective surgery is booked in advance. Animals are usually admitted by appointment between 7.30 am and 8.30 am Monday to Friday or by arrangement.

We advise all our day stay patients to not have any food from 10pm the night before but access to water is needed.

All of our surgery patients receive a pre- anaesthetic blood test to assess the kidneys, measure the red blood cells and assess hydration status

All patients have a check up before giving any premedications.

They are then placed on IV fluids for the length of the procedure. All of our patients receive these as well as pain relief and antibiotics. These are not optional extra, they are part of our duty of care to all patients.

During anaesthesia, respiration, oxygen and carbon dioxide levels, heart rate, blood pressure are monitored continuously to help ensure the safety of your pet.

After the procedure – all patients are moved into recovery in the main room of the hospital so that they can be closely monitored by our team. And when they are awake enough they will be moved to either the Dog Ward or Cat Ward, so as to recover without excessive noise or stress.

Discharge from hospital varies, as it all is dependent on your pet’s recovery. But as soon as the procedure is complete a team member will contact you with an update and to book a discharge at an appropriate time.

You are welcome to visit your pet in hospital to discuss treatment and progress.

Types of Surgery

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The team at Belmont Vet Centre provide a full range of surgery procedures.

These include:

Soft Tissue Surgery:

  • desexing (spey, castration and vasectomy)
  • Caesarean section (every one loves babies)
  • biopsy
  • abscess surgery
  • eye and eyelid surgery
  • ear surgery.
  • hernia repair
  • airway obstruction treatment (soft palate, larynx)
  • abdominal or chest surgery
  • Surgical tumour removal

Orthopaedic surgery (bones and joints)

  • Fractures and ligament repairs both simple and complex.
  • Conventional plates, Linear, and hybrid external fixation
  • Correction of angular limb deformities
  • Cranial Cruciate ligament rupture “ACL”.
  • Triple Tibial osteotomy (TTO)
  • Extracapsular stabilisation (lateral fabella suture or De Angelis repair)
  • Patella luxation
  • Distal femoral wedge ostectomy for distal femoral bowing
  • Femoral head and neck removal
  • Juvenile pubic symphysiodesis - prevents Hip Dysplasia.

Orthopaedic surgery performed at Belmont Vet Centre is usually either Bone Fractures, or Joint/Ligament Injury surgery and may be as a result of a traumatic accident (fall, hit by car, foot in pothole when running), but could also include correction of congenital and developmental limb deformities or removal of cancers involving bones.


Bone Fractures

Fracture investigation and repair in animals involves stabilising the patient, diagnosing the extent of the injuries, and fixation of broken bones to allow them to heal. Stabilisation means dealing with any life threatening problems such as damaged internal organs, and shock. Diagnostic radiographs (X-rays) are taken to determine the extent of and repair type for any fractures. A number of repair options are available and are selected depending on the type of fracture, sometimes in combination. They include: splinting, cerclage wiring around the bone, screws, plates, pinning and external skeletal fixation (external frame).


Ligament/Joint/Tendon injuries

The surgical procedure for other orthopaedic injuries (such as anterior cruciate ligament rupture) is similar, with diagnosis being made at a consultation. And then confirmed with X-rays and examination under anaesthetic. Repair consists of stabilising the joint if unstable, and removing any torn, or damaged tissue likely to cause future problems.


Spinal Surgery

Pets that have spinal injuries or suspected spinal problems are stabilised and x-rayed at the clinic they are then generally referred to a Surgical Specialist for this highly specialised surgery.