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Anal Sacculectomy

Surgical Procedure

Anal Sacculectomy

Anal Sacculectomy is a surgical procedure to remove an anal sac or gland. The anal sac in dogs carry a pungent aerosol used for marking and often expressed when a dog is in a highly stressful situations. Anal glands may get full and if left unchecked may become impacted and later develop into an abscess. A removal of the infected anal sac is recommended with chronic cases of infection. If the walled-off abscess bursts, it could result in a systemic infection that spreads internally to the rest of the body. In some cases, overnight monitoring may be required after this procedure.

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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