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The doctors and staff of Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie understand that the decision to allow your pet to undergo surgery is a serious and difficult one. While we will always strive to utilize all the skills at our disposal to avoid surgery, sometimes surgery is unavoidable. If that is the case with your beloved companion we will first discuss with you why a procedure is necessary, answer any questions you might have, and only proceed when you have a complete understanding of your pet’s condition. We will then outline exactly what the surgical procedure involves so that you feel completely at ease with the decision to proceed. We will make every effort to ensure your pet’s procedure is stress free and your pet is as comfortable as possible. You will then be instructed on the proper post-operative care your pet. As always, the professionals at Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie strive to create a friendly and welcoming environment where you and your pet will be treated with kindness and compassion.


Soft Tissue Surgery

The doctors of Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie are trained in every aspect of soft tissue surgery. Our services include a wide range of soft tissue procedures including thoracic and abdominal surgeries. Often congenital or geriatric diseases can be cured or ameliorated through surgical intervention. We also perform reconstructive procedures and skin grafting when dealing with certain trauma cases. The range of soft tissue surgeries we perform include but are not limited to:

• Mass (tumor) removals
• Splenectomy
• Cystotomy (for bladder stones or tumors)
• Gastropexy (Stomach tack to prevent GDV)
• Abdominal exploratory

• Perineal Urethrostomy
• Hernia Repair
• Amputation
• Declaw

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic care is a critical component in maintaining your pet’s health and well-being. As our companion animals age, they become more susceptible to injury and can suffer from a wide range of joint and ligament maladies such as arthritis. Some species of dogs are especially vulnerable to these types of injuries. At Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie, we offer surgery for cruciate (knee surgery), fracture repair, mini-bone plating for fractures on small breed dogs, FHO (surgery on the hip to alleviate pain), and most joint surgeries.

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement

Cruciate disease can affect dogs of all sizes and ages. It is however very rare in cats. Some breeds of dogs are much more susceptible and incur a higher incidence of CCLD, (Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease). Examples would be, Rottweilers, Newfoundland, Staffordshire, Terrier, Mastiff, Akita, Saint Bernard, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, and Labrador Retriever. The rupture of the cruciate ligament is also common in overweight, older aged dogs. Symptoms include a history of acute rear leg lameness. Sometimes the symptoms will appear, resolve themselves, and then appear again. The most common symptom is knee joint pain. If left untreated, a torn cruciate ligament can lead to degenerative joint disease or arthritis of the knee. Dr. Fox and Dr. Schmidt are experts at performing Tibial Tuberosity Advancement or TTA. To date TTA has been found to be the most effective treatment for an anterior cruciate rupture. Our patients routinely see the usage of the leg return more quickly to normal function than with other procedures.

Anesthesia & Monitoring

When it comes to administering anesthesia, no two patients are the same. That is why the doctors and trained staff of Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie base all anesthesia protocol on the individual patient’s needs. This requires a comprehensive evaluation of each patient prior to surgery which includes a complete physical examination, and preanesthetic blood work. Based on these results, and other factors such as your pets’ anesthetic history, breed, preexisting condition and age, a customized protocol is created specifically for your pet. Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie uses isoflurane inhalant anesthetic as well as a wide choice of safe injectable anesthetics for induction. While under anesthesia, your pet is cared for by our well trained and experienced certified veterinary technicians. Vital signs are monitored thoroughly throughout a procedure. We utilize a multi-parameter monitoring philosophy which includes heart rhythm and rate, temperature, respiration, oxygen and carbon dioxide content of the blood as well as blood pressure monitoring throughout the procedure.

Pain Medication

No one likes to see their pets in pain, which is why we offer a number of pain management options for our surgical and medical patients.  At the Animal Hospital of West Port St. Lucie we use oral medications, injections or a combination of both, for the safest and most effective pain management protocols.  Other types of pain management used for our patients include:

  • Epidurals
  • Local Blocks
  • Nerve Blocks – for declawing or dental procedures
  • CRI (Constant Rate Infusions)
  • Fentanyl Patches
  • IV Injections
  • Oral Medications
  • NSAIDS (non-steroidal pain medications)

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