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Surgery

Our surgeons, Dr. Garrett Levin and Dr. Helia Zamprogno are devoted to improving the health and well-being of their patients. Our entire surgery team is dedicated to improving the health, quality of life, and well-being of their patients, providing open communication and strong support for our clients, and building caring relationships with our clients and referring veterinarians. We strive to provide excellent and compassionate care, state-of-the-art patient management, and honest, knowledgeable communication.

What is a surgeon?

Small animal surgeons are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of surgical problems including orthopedic, soft tissue, cancer and neurologic surgery. Surgeons keep up-to-date on the latest procedures and advances in technology through continuing education courses, seminars, journal articles, and strong relationships with their colleagues. They also collaborate with other specialists and referral veterinarians to ensure the best care for your pet.

Advanced Training

A veterinary surgeon has undergone additional training after veterinary school in order to become a specialist. This training consists of a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a 3-year residency program that meets guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).

During the residency there are specific training and caseload requirements that must be met. In addition to these requirements, applicants must perform research that is published in a scientific journal and then pass a rigorous examination.

Specialists are called a “Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons” or a “board-certified surgeon.”

 

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When to call

If you are concerned about your pet, we recommend starting with your primary veterinarian who can provide you with an initial physical exam, diagnostics and treatment information. We are available as another resource for you and your veterinarian based upon your pet’s diagnosis and needed treatment. We will communicate with your veterinarian at the time your appointment is made to ensure we have the necessary information to best serve you and your pet. You can schedule an appointment with us at any time; we are open 24 hours a day. Surgery appointments are available Monday through Friday.

Consultation

After referral from your veterinarian, we will schedule a consultation as the first step in the process. We will perform a full physical examination, review all medical records and then discuss the diagnosis. Both surgical and non-surgical options available for your pet will be reviewed and we will educate you on the different treatment options available as well as the prognosis and care required for each. We will work together to be sure we make the best decisions for your family as a whole. Your pets’ health and well-being are our number one concern.

Same day surgery is often available depending on the case.

 

What to expect on the day of Surgery

When you drop off your pet for care with our surgical team, you will be met by one of our surgical technicians and Dr. Helia Zamprogno or Dr. Garrett Levin.  After answering all of your questions and showing you where your pet will be recovered from surgery, a nurse will bring your pet into ICU.  An intravenous catheter will be placed, vital signs and blood work will be done as needed to ensure up-to-the-moment information.  This information is used to determine the safest and best anesthetic and medication plan for each individual patient.  Your pet will then be placed on intravenous fluids, and analgesic medication (pain management) will be initiated to keep him/her calm and comfortable.  Epidurals are a part of pain management for some procedures.

Once induced for surgery, an endotracheal or breathing tube will be placed. This provides a safe airway to deliver inhalant anesthesia and oxygen.  Patients are placed on a ventilator to ensure appropriate respiration throughout surgery. A dedicated, certified, trained nurse is monitoring oxygenation, temperature, ECG, blood pressure, pulse, heart rate, respiration rate, carbon dioxide level and depth of anesthesia.  Anesthesia is altered based upon individual patient needs.  We have the experience and tools to respond quickly and effectively to any changes that may occur during anesthesia.

After the surgical procedure is completed we will slowly allow your pet to wake up from anesthesia and begin the recovery process.

After surgery

As your pet recovers from anesthesia, we will continue to monitor them closely to ensure they are stable and are resting comfortably. Some patients will need to remain in our ICU for 24 hours or more. Your pets’ recovery begins here, but the greatest amount will be completed at home with your loving care. The surgery team will give you detailed instructions at discharge, including information ranging from medications to physical therapy. It is imperative for success that you understand each step of the process so we encourage that you ask questions. BEVS is open 365 days a year, day and night. Please call us at any time to check on your pet or ask us questions once your pet is home with you. We are proud to be the only hospital in the area staffed by a licensed veterinarian at all times.

Please phone (802) 863-2387 Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm to speak with one of our surgery technicians.