Our team of highly skilled veterinarians is experienced in common surgical procedures as well as some advanced surgical techniques. From your pre-surgical consultation to the dismissal of your pet and once you’re home, we are committed to making our patients and their families as comfortable as possible. We will apply our commitment and expertise to every step so that the procedure will be safe and the recovery will be speedy.
We know surgeries can be frightening for everyone and that’s why the surgical team of Great Neck Veterinary Clinic will dedicate a veterinary nurse to walk you and your pet through every step of the day, paying special attention to comfort and safety. The surgical team will monitor and talk to them throughout the process in order to reduce both your stress and theirs.
We perform both big and small procedures, including declaws, spays, neuters, tumor removal, abdominal surgeries, and some orthopedic surgeries. Each procedure will be undertaken with the safest possible anesthetics and with intense attentions to monitoring the patient. Great Neck Veterinary Clinic also offers laser surgery as a way to minimize your pet’s pain and any post-operative swelling.
Before a scheduled surgery, we require a pre-surgical visit for the following:
- Physical exam
- Blood work (so that anesthetic risks may be minimized)
- Vaccination boosters, as needed
- Explain the surgical procedure and the possible complications
- Answer any questions or concerns regarding the procedure and the costs
- Peri-operative pain medication or antibiotics prescriptions
Our surgery monitoring includes:
- Cutting-edge technology to monitor your pet’s heart, lungs, oxygen saturation levels, temperature, and blood pressure
- Administration of intravenous fluids so your pet will stay hydrated throughout the procedure and comfortable in recovery. These fluids will assist regulating your pet’s blood pressure while under anesthesia. The intravenous catheter acts as what we call a “life port,” which can be used for pain management before, during, and after the surgery.
- A surgical nurse will personally monitor your pet during the entire process. The nurse will start watching from the moment your pet is placed under anesthesia, throughout the surgery, and while your pet recovers from the anesthesia.
- Periodic updates—To ease your mind, the veterinarian or the veterinary surgical nurse will call to give you a report once your pet has awoken from anesthesia or if communication is required during the procedure.
Important information to know before your pet's surgery:
- Do not give your pet food after 8 p.m. the night prior to the surgery.
- It is OK to give your pet water before the surgery.
- Admit your pet between 7 and 8 a.m. the morning of the surgery.
- Please alert us if you give your pet any medications 24 hours before surgery.
- Your pet may need to stay overnight with us for further monitoring, depending on the type of surgery he or she receives. Our veterinarians will review this with you during your pre-surgical visit.
Laser surgery has developed into a breakthrough medical tool that accelerates cell repair in our patients and curtails the negative effects caused by surgeries.
Some advantages of laser surgery include:
- Reduced swelling
- Reduced bleeding
- Reduced pain
- Faster recovery
At Great Neck Vet, we believe our CO2 laser is the optimal surgical instrument due to the kind of incisions it forms. The laser significantly reduces the pain your pet will experience in the operation’s aftermath because the laser will seal the nerve endings as it cuts. The laser also significantly reduces blood loss during the surgery because the blood vessels within the soft tissue are also sealed as the incisions are made. The diminished loss of blood allows the surgical team an uninhibited view of the operation and dispels the trauma to the patient.
Laser surgeries are available for procedures such as:
- Feline declaws
- Mass removals
If you are interested in laser surgery for your pet or have any questions about the procedure, contact or come visit us to discuss the procedure in more detail.
Pain management - relief for your pet:
At Great Neck Veterinary Clinic, we follow guidelines set forth by the AVMA, AAHA, and the International Veterinary Pain Management Society for pet pain management. These guidelines help us recognize and treat pain effectively in your pet. We want to teach you to recognize the signs that your pet is experiencing pain. We’ll help you choose the best medicines and therapies to eliminate pain so your pet can be happy and comfortable once more.
A significant part of your pet’s recovery is pain management. Research studies indicate that the positive effects of reducing pain are vital to the overall healing process. We strictly follow these principles for the sake of your pet.
Key components of our pain management program:
- A personalized pain treatment score and a plan that is customized to your pet’s status. Our team has developed advanced protocols by consulting with experts in both veterinary anesthesiology and analgesia.
- A technique for pain management that is a balanced, multi-modal strategy in which several pain medications will collaborate together for the best possible pain control. The use of different mediations will lower the potential for adverse side effects and have better results in the management or reduction of pain.
- Use of the same drugs that are used and trusted by human anesthesiologists.
- Supplemental methods for physical therapy and acupuncture that are offered to enhance recovery of both post-injury and post-operative patients.
At Great Neck Veterinary Clinic, we believe the management of pain to one of the most important aspects of surgical procedures and administer a comprehensive plan to reduce your pet’s pain before, during, and after surgery.