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Amputations (Limb or Digit)

Surgical Procedure

Amputations may be performed on limbs (forearms or hind legs), tail, or digits (toes) of a pet. The most likely reasons for amputations include preventing the spread of cancer, stabilizing an unrecoverable infectious wound (flesh eating bacteria or snake venom), or remove a severely damaged appendage due to blunt force trauma. In any of the above mention scenarios, the limb is not recoverable or it is ill-advised (probability of success is low if left intact) to attempt to restore normal functionality.

Process overview

Pre-Surgery Preparations

All procedures require pre-operational bloodwork. Food and water is restricted 8 to 12 hours prior to surgery to prevent possible aspiration due to vomiting. Depending on the case and procedure, additional diagnostic tests may be required for example EKG, Xray, or ultrasound. We may also recommend an anesthesia specialist if necessary to oversee the anesthesia and health monitoring of your pet.

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During Surgery

Your pet will given a sedative to facilitiate preparation of the surgical site and placement of IV cather. The next step is to provide oxygen, fluids, and thermal support. All medical equipment or apparatus will then be connected so as to monitor your pet's vital signs. Your pet is then anesthetized (induced) and appropriate pain management (epidural, local anesthetic, constant rate infusion/CRI) is administered as needed. We will continue to regulate and monitor your pet throughout the procedure.

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Post-Operation

Immediately following the procedure, we continue to administer fluids and observe your pet for a few hours until your pet is fully awake. Discharge instructions will be provided during which all your post-op questions will be answered by the doctor and your pet is able to go home to start his/her recovery process. Follow-up post-operative exams and post-operation pain medication is provided.

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