The Long Beach Animal Hospital has been successfully and safely performing surgery on a wide variety of species for well over 25 years. It is the advancement in safe anesthetics and surgical monitoring equipment, along with the tremendous amount of knowledge gleaned over the decades, that has given us the ability to safely perform almost any surgery needed on a sick pet or wildlife.
A huge advance in surgery has been the use of laser. We have had our carbon dioxide laser for over 15 years.
The laser is being used in this tortoise to remove a tumor.
A lot goes on in surgery, even before the surgery begins. In the photo below you can see some of activity.
Starting at the back left and going clockwise:
Anesthetist preparing for laser surgery wearing special glasses
The purple tipped evacuator for the laser
Two bottles of fluids
A plastic container with sterile gauze used to disinfect the skin
Yellow anesthetic monitoring sheet
An open surgical pack that has been checked for sterility
An assistant that is checking the pets temperature to determine if extra warm water bottles are needed
We have two training programs. The primary one is when the new doctors get trained in specific procedures or protocols.
The second training program is for the externs. These are the veterinary school students that spend 1-2 months with us in training. If you go to our Facebook page you will see their daily diary, which is a report of what they learned for the day.
Our extern Justine is learning basic surgical techniques
All our patients receive a complete exam from one of our doctors, usually at least several days prior to surgery. This gives us time to analyze a blood panel and prepare for any contingencies.
You can see this cat’s pain patch.
On the day of surgery we perform another exam just prior to giving anesthesia to make sure nothing has changed from our earlier exam. Its an extra safety measure.
We run blood panels prior to surgery to make sure the are no unnecessary anesthetic risks. If there is not enough time to send it out to our lab we can do it in-house.
Our patients receive IV (intravenous) fluids prior to surgery to minimize the risk of the anesthesia to important organs like the kidneys and liver
During the procedure we are able to monitor many important physiologic parameters
Our anesthetists also use hands on techniques with instruments like the stethoscope to further monitor your pet
We have advanced surgical intsruments like the laser, being used here for cancer surgery
Our procedures are performed sterile, starting with the doctor scrubbing his hands before surgery
Our instruments are sterilized with a special machine called an autoclave. The inside of the surgery pack has a sterility indicator to monitor if the pack has been properly sterilized before the procedure begins.
We use sterile drapes, gowns, and masks for our surgeries. You can see the laser machine on the right.
Sometimes extra instruments are needed for special procedures
Our routine surgeries receive post operative companion laser treatment to minimize swelling, pain, and also to aid in healing
Our staff closely monitors all of our patients during the procedure, and they are not taken back to hospitalization until they are stable
When back in their cages they are closely monitored and given lots of TLC!