Specialty & Emergency Veterinary Surgery
The surgeons at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). We offer a broad range of procedures from life-saving emergency surgeries to extensive orthopedic repairs. Through advanced continuing education and extensive professional affiliations, our surgeons keep abreast of the latest advances in surgical techniques and peri-operative care.
The surgery department is committed to the safest possible surgery for your pet. Thorough pre-operative evaluation, including an in-depth diagnostic evaluation and the opportunity for consultation with additional in-house specialists, ensures that every patient gets a complete pre-operative assessment.
The hospital has two complete surgical suites, each equipped with state-of-the-art surgical equipment for performing the most up-to-date procedures. In addition, each suite is outfitted with a mechanical ventilator and continuous monitoring equipment, including:
- Pulse oximetry
- Blood pressure
- End-tidal CO2 monitoring
This instrumentation combined with table-side testing and a complete in-house laboratory ensures that each patient receives the safest possible anesthesia.
Post-operatively, the surgery department is committed to making your pet as comfortable as possible. Patients are allowed to recover in a warm, comfortable atmosphere with continued careful monitoring. It is widely recognized that it is much easier to prevent pain than it is to eliminate it. A pro-active, multi-modal approach to pain management is a part of every surgery patient’s pre- and post-operative plan, and our highly trained technicians continuously monitor for signs of discomfort.
Why Is 24-Hour Care Important?
OSVS is staffed by emergency/critical care doctors and highly trained technicians 24 hours per day. This allows for moment-by-moment monitoring of all post-operative patients as well as early recognition and immediate treatment of pain or any post-operative complications. The earlier these issues are identified and treated, the easier they are to resolve and the less likely they are to evolve into something more serious.
Because we monitor patients continuously, we are able to provide uninterrupted pain management tailored to each pet’s specific needs. Early initiation of physical therapy and surgical incision care provided in the first 24 to 72 hours helps to promote healing and shorten recovery time.
Services available through the Surgery Department include:
- Soft-tissue surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Neurological surgery
- Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy, thoracoscopy)
- Oncologic (cancer) surgery
- Stenting procedures
- Lameness consultations
- Emergency on-call service and 24-hour care
The surgeons at OSVS:
- American College of Veterinary Surgeons
- International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management
- Veterinary Orthopedic Society
- Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery
Ocean State Veterinary Specialists works with referring veterinarians to provide specialized and emergency care. If you believe your pet would benefit from the surgery services provided at OSVS, please speak to your family vet about a referral.