At Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Winston-Salem, our board-certified veterinary surgeon performs advanced surgery while keeping your pet's comfort and safety the highest priority.
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At Carolina Veterinary Specialists in Winston-Salem, we offer extensive veterinary surgical options for the treatment of a wide range of soft tissue and orthopedic disorders.
Our surgical specialists will examine your pet and based on their problems, also recommend diagnostic tests. They also review possible procedures, risks and expected outcomes with you.
Common veterinary surgical procedures include:
After graduating veterinary school, a veterinary surgeon takes 4 years of additional training to become a specialist. This training includes a one-year internship followed by a three-year residency program that meets guidelines set by the American American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). During the residency, surgeons must meet specific training and caseload requirements before passing an intensive examination.
You can trust that your pet is in good hands while in our care. Every choice we make and everything we do is meant to ensure the operation is a success.
We understand preparing for veterinary surgery can be concerning, but knowing what to expect can make the process easier for both you and your pet.
Each patient's anesthetic plan is tailored to his or specific condition. We consider your pet's overall and cardiovascular health, as well as their lab work, into consideration.
We take a multimodal approach (i.e. local anesthetic, epidural anesthesia and systemic medications) to make sure your pet remains pain-free during and after surgery.
We use advanced monitoring equipment (oscillometric blood pressure, EKG, end tidal CO2, pulse oximetry, EKG, arterial line, etc.) to observe your pet's vitals during surgery.
The strict sterile technique is used with all of our procedures, meaning our operative suite has positive pressure air flow. We also clean the room after each procedure.
Our surgeons use sterile prep and put on full surgical attire (surgical gown, sterile gloves, surgical cap)
After surgery is complete, your veterinarian will contact you to review the procedure and discuss plans moving ahead.
Some pets are able to return home the next day, but others will need to remain at the hospital longer. Ultimately, it depends on your pet's health status and the complexity of the procedure.
Once you arrive to pick up your pet, we will review discharge instructions and answer any questions you may have. You can find some general tips on how to help your dog feel more comfortable following surgery HERE.