Many owners are nervous and worried about surgical risks, pain, costs and how long their dog needs to be kept quiet after surgery. All of our surgical nursing and veterinary staff are experienced in handling your questions and enquiry – please do not hesitate to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable before deciding on what to do.
We typically perform surgery the day of the first consultation, but some owners like to collect information and go away to think things over a sleep on it. If you are planning on surgery the day of the consultation, your pet requires fasting overnight.
We sedate dogs following admission to hospital and then induce anaesthesia. Anaesthesia monitoring devices are then connected. We place an emergency access fluid therapy line into a vein in the front leg. Our vets will administer an epidural injection which provides powerful pain relief for 18-24 hours. We take specific digital x-rays of the affected knee and accurate measure the tibial plateau angle (TPA). The haircoat is clipped and the skin scrubbed with a topical disinfectant.
Your pet is transferred into the operating theatre and the assistant will place sterile drapes and set up the equipment. The surgeon will start with an arthroscopic examination of the knee and likely then also perform the TPLO procedure. The incision is stitched closed and an adhesive wound dressing applied to reduce infection risk. Postoperative x-ray are then performed.
Your pet is then transported into a dedicated recovery area and given a warm blanket, additional pain relief and is observed for any problems. 24 hour nursing observation is available at PESC. Typically dogs are discharged to following afternoon with oral antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medication.