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Surgical Services

This could happen to you: your cat has a combination of symptoms, but they all point to different diagnoses, each of which would require a different treatment. Sometimes it's not immediately clear what disease is present in your cat when they become ill (and your cat isn't talking!). Blood tests may suggest one problem, whereas x-rays and ultrasound may suggest others. This is a scenario all veterinarians are familiar with and a situation where Feline Medical Center has a number of specialists at our disposal who help handle diagnostically complex and challenging cases.

Whether your cat requires a routine procedure like a spay or neuter surgery, or needs a more complicated orthopedic, soft-tissue or emergency surgery, we are well equipped to handle your cat's surgery needs. We are proud to provide comprehensive pre- and post-operative care, and intensive pain management.

Before surgery at Feline Medical Center, every patient undergoes a thorough physical exam. This helps us identify any pre-existing medical conditions that might alter the surgical plan or affect our choice of anesthetic. We also perform pre-anesthetic blood testing on each cat which allows us to get a better idea of your cat's overall health.

During surgery, every cat’s vital signs are tracked using several different anesthetic monitors, and all surgical patients, including those undergoing routine procedures, receive pain control medications.

Orthopedic Surgery

Cats that suffer from bone fractures and other trauma may require orthopedic surgery. Just as human patients have specially trained surgeons to help repair and set broken bones, so do cats. In many cases our veterinarians are able to perform these surgeries without the help of a specialist. However, in extremely complicated or especially severe cases a board-certified veterinary surgeon will come to our hospital to perform these surgeries when needed.

Orthopedic surgery can be complex and can sometimes entail a significant amount of rehabilitation both in-hospital and at home. Our doctors are dedicated to working with you to help you choose the best option for your cat, and our staff is available whenever you need us to help with post-operative care, concerns or questions.

Common orthopedic problems that we handle include the following:

Knee Ligament Injuries:

A common cause of rear-limb lameness in cats is the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament. This is the same “ACL” that many people injure in their own knees.

Hip Surgery (FHO)

An FHO surgical procedure is when the ball portion of the hip and the attachment portion of the femur is removed – essentially removing the hip joint.

Fracture Repairs

The most common causes of bone fractures in cats is being hit by a car, or jumping/falling from extreme heights. Any cat who develops a sudden, severe limp should be examined and can be x-rayed.

Fractures in cats can range from simple hairline cracks to complex fractures where the bone is shattered into many pieces. As a result, repairing a broken bone can vary from simply splinting the bone to hold it in place, to more complicated procedures like pinning, wiring and using plates and rods to secure the bones together. Our doctors are experienced in performing many types of fracture repairs, and when needed, board-certified veterinary surgeons are called into our practice for to perform difficult procedures.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery involves surgery on parts of the body excluding the bones (orthopedic surgery). Common soft tissue surgeries include removing foreign objects causing intestinal obstructions, removal of diseased sections of the intestine, bladder surgery to remove stones or polyps, or surgery to remove masses from the liver, kidney or spleen.

We perform these types of surgeries every day and our doctors are highly skilled and trained to perform these and other types of soft-tissue surgeries including:

  • Exploratory abdominal surgery
  • Stomach and intestinal surgery to remove foreign objects or tumors
  • Surgeries of the liver, kidneys, and spleen
  • Removal of various tumors
  • Removal of bladder stones
  • Eye/Ear/Nose/Throat surgery
  • Spay and Neuter
  • Pain Management & Anesthesia
  • Anesthesia

Pain Management & Anesthsia

Fortunately, anesthetics available for use in veterinary medicine today are very safe, and only the highest quality anesthetics available are used on patients at Feline Medical Center. In fact, we use the same anesthetic drugs in our cats that human anesthesiologists use on people.

Prior to any surgery or other procedure requiring anesthesia, all patients are given a thorough pre-anesthetic physical exam the day of anesthesia, and if required, receive on site pre-anesthetic blood tests.

During anesthesia several monitors are used to track our patients' vital signs, such as blood, oxygen, and carbon dioxide monitors, an EKG to monitor the electrical activity of the heart, and blood pressure monitors. Our patients are kept warm during anesthesia with warm-water heating pads under them and warm air blankets over them, which speeds up anesthetic recovery and helps keep our recovering patients comfortable.

After every surgical procedure, a recovery nurse is assigned to monitor your cat and assist them as they wake up from anesthesia. Our technicians will make sure that your catt feels comfortable, secure and safe as they transition through their recovery period.

Anesthesia and Your Pet

Pain Management

Whether your cat has been injured, is recovering from surgery, or is in pain from other medical conditions or just “old age”, properly assuring their comfort while resolving their underlying problem is at the core of our mission. At Feline Medical Center we pride ourselves on utilizing all the most recent information available on pain control to relieve your cat of pain to the greatest extent possible.

New pain management medications that work in the brain and spinal cord without causing drowsiness, as well as new anti-inflammatory medications, and local anesthetic techniques are all methods that we use individually as well as in combination to be sure your cat is as comfortable as possible.

Many medications can be added to a pateint's IV fluids to maintain a continual flow of pain medications. Even transdermal skin patches that slowly and continually release pain medication for 3 to 5 days are used, which allows many cats to recover at home without the need for IV pain medications in the hospital.