Several of our staff doctors perform surgeries from routine to very complicated. Dr. Chris Glawe and Dr. Randy Willer perform the orthopedic surgeries and more complicated soft tissue surgeries. Dr. Melani Poundstone, Dr. Melissa Etheridge, Dr. Justin Milizio and Dr. Karalyn Buttrill perform laparoscopic and soft tissue surgeries.
Our staff uses the most state of the art medication and equipment in anesthesia available today.
Our surgical patients routinely receive regional (epidural and incisional blocks) and intra-operative pain medication to allow delivery of less anesthesia and improved recovery.
We provide a wide range of surgical services in the areas of soft tissue (spay/neuter, abdominal), orthopedics, arthroscopic, dental extractions, CO2 laser and cryosurgery.
Your pet’s comfort and safety is our priority!
Although anesthesia always carries a degree of risk, the modern anesthetics in use in our hospital minimize this risk, even for older pets. To further ensure safety:
Minimally invasive means minimal disruption of surrounding tissues and organs, minimizing patient discomfort after surgery. Examples include:
We believe that all surgical patients experience pain. That is why all of our surgical patients are treated before, during, and after their surgery with pain medication.
We ask that you schedule the procedure a few days in advance.
It will be necessary to withhold food after 8:00 P.M. the night before; please do not remove the water.
Your pet will be admitted to the hospital between 7:00 A.M. and 7:30 A.M. and will generally be ready for discharge in the late afternoon.
What is the difference between laparoscopic and traditional spay?
In a laparoscopic procedure, we place two small holes through skin and abdomen which allow for the insertion of a fiberoptic camera. These holes depend on the size of your pet but are often 3-10mm (roughly 1/8-1/2 inch). The reproductive structures are identified and controlled cuts in the tissues are made.
In a traditional spay, a 2-3 inch incision is made in the skin and muscle just below the belly button. The ovarian ligament is torn from its attachment on the abdominal wall. This tearing causes pain and may result in bruising of the abdominal wall.
Hampden Family Pet Hospital is very proud to be one of the first hospitals in the country to offer laparoscopic spays to our clients. The late Dr. Ty Tankersley, one of the founders of our clinic, helped pioneer the laparoscopic ovariectomy techniques currently used. Dr. Tankersley made instructional videos, developed equipment, lectured and taught the technique to veterinarians around the world. In addition, our spays incorporate just the removal of the ovaries (ovariectomy) and not the full uterus (hysterectomy).
The term ovariectomy means to remove only the ovaries. By removing only the ovaries, there is minimal disruption to surrounding tissues and organ, minimizing patient discomfort after surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery can be done for many abdominal procedures including bladder stone removal, liver biopsies and stomach tacking to prevent bloat (gastropexy).
Arthroscopy is the evaluation of a joint using a specialized camera to look inside a joint to diagnose and treat problems.
The surgeon can determine the amount or type of injury and correct the problem, if it is necessary.
A laser system supplies highly focused and powerful beam of infrared light that can selectively interact with tissue.
Our CO2 surgical laser system uses controlled pulses of light to precisely destroy, cut, or remove target tissue by vaporizing tissue.