Our Rochester vets perform several surgical procedures, including veterinary orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, spay & neuter procedures, and more.

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Surgical Services for Pets

At our Rochester clinic, we use stringent surgical protocols to provide a wide range of vet surgical procedures for cats and dogs.

A dedicated nurse will administer anesthesia and continuously monitor your pet using electronic patient monitoring equipment during each surgery.

Following surgery, our top priorities are post-operative monitoring and pain management. Your veterinarian will also give you detailed instructions for at-home care.

Veterinary Surgery in Rochester Vet

What to Expect from Veterinary Surgery

We always keep you fully informed about why we are recommending a vet surgical procedure and regarding any post-operative care your pet will need. We practice stringent surgical protocols at our clinic.

Vet Surgical Procedures

We perform medical and emergency vet surgeries at Ridgemont Animal Hospital to help treat diseases and conditions in pets, as well as to repair injuries caused by trauma.

Our Rochester vets routinely perform the following elective and non-elective surgeries:

  • Soft Tissue Surgery

    For pets suffering from ear, nose, and throat disorders, we offer soft tissue surgical procedures.

    These procedures are also available for hepatic, urogenital, oncological, cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, and skin disorders. 

  • Spaying & Neutering

    When we spay or neuter a cat or dog, we surgically sterilize them to prevent disease and provide them with an extended life expectancy. 

  • Mass Removal

    Cats and dogs can develop masses associated with the skin. Masses can also grow inside a body cavity and can be serious or life-threatening.

    Mass removal surgery is a fairly common procedure for both cats and dogs.

  • Foreign Body

    Sometimes, foreign objects are ingested or can get stuck inside a cat's or dog's body.

    Whether your pet has eaten an object they shouldn't have or an accident has left them injured, we can perform foreign body surgery to remove it.

    Pet surgery may necessitate the use of specialized skills or equipment in some cases. If this is the case with your animal, your veterinarian will refer you to a cat or dog surgeon near Rochester and collaborate with your veterinary surgeon to ensure that your dog or cat receives the best care possible.

  • Wounds

    Wounds occur when living tissue has been cut, broken, burnt, torn, or otherwise damaged.

    It's imperative that these wounds be cleaned, disinfected, and appropriately cared for by a qualified veterinarian as soon as possible. 

  • Orthopedic Surgery

    Orthopedic surgeries correct injuries and diseases of the bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures in your pet. At Ridgemont Animal Hospital, we can perform cruciate ligament, luxating patella, and hip surgeries.

    Torn cruciate ligaments in dogs, like in humans, must be surgically repaired to prevent arthritis. Numerous surgical procedures can be used to repair this injury, and the type used is typically determined by the size of the dog. CCL surgery for dogs may include several techniques aimed at providing joint stability.

    A luxating patella occurs when the knee cap moves out of its natural position. Knee cap problems are common in many dog breeds, both large and small. Surgery is recommended for animals that have significant lameness as a result. The goal of surgery is to keep the patellas in the correct position at all times.

    Hip dysplasia causes the ball and socket in your dog's hip to fail to function improperly. Instead of smoothly interacting, the two parts grind and rub against each other, resulting in a gradual breakdown and eventual loss of normal function. This condition is painful and, if left untreated, can significantly reduce your dog's quality of life.

    If your dog or cat is suffering from a condition or injury that requires advanced specialized care your vet will refer your dog or cat to a vet surgeon near Rochester.

  • Cystotomies

    A cystotomy is a surgical procedure that involves making an opening in the bladder wall. This procedure is used to treat a variety of conditions, but it is also used to diagnose problems that other diagnostic tests have failed to reveal.

    This procedure may be performed by a veterinarian to collect a biopsy, conduct an exploratory procedure, or treat an identified problem such as a tumor or bladder stones.

  • Dental Surgery

    Our veterinarians provide dental surgeries for dogs and cats. These surgeries can range from tooth extractions to gum disease treatment and jaw fracture repairs.

The Surgery Process

We understand that the prospect of bringing your pet in for surgery can be frightening. Please be assured that we recommend surgery only when it is in the best interests of your furry companion. 

We will make certain that you fully understand why we are recommending pet surgery and that you are confident in your decision to proceed.

If your pet requires advanced care, our vets will refer you to a vet surgeon near Rochester, and work closely with your vet surgeon to ensure that your pet receives the best possible care. 

Surgical protocols at our clinic include:

Pre-surgical assessments. We will confirm the procedure details, conduct a physical examination of the patient, and ensure that blood tests have been completed and reviewed by the veterinarian to determine if your pet is at risk of anesthesia-related complications.

Dedicated surgical suites. Surgeries are performed in a dedicated surgical suite. This room is kept completely sterile to prevent infection and cross-contamination.

Surgical attire. Our staff wears disposable caps and masks at all times when they are in the surgical suite. Those involved in the procedure itself will also wear sterile gowns and single-use gloves.

Sterile packs and equipment. We carefully clean, sterilize and wrap our surgical instruments and equipment prior to every surgery.