Soft tissue and Orthopedic Veterinary Surgery

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Surgical removal of gorilla glue from a dog’s stomach

The veterinarians of Lucerne Veterinary Hospital perform soft tissue and orthopedic surgery on our canine and feline patients. Elective surgeries, such as spay and neuter, complex orthopedic repairs, and minimally invasive surgical procedures, are all performed with skill, compassion, and the highest standard of excellence in patient care.

Extensive Experience in Veterinary Surgery

While all of our veterinarians perform surgery, Dr. Chris Miles is known throughout the area for her ability to take on the most unusual or complicated cases. She has extensive training and more than 30 years of experience in both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.

Types of Surgery for Dogs & Cats

General and orthopedic surgeries are performed on a regular basis at our hospital. Soft tissue surgery includes the skin, chest, abdomen, head, and neck areas of the body. These surgeries are performed for a variety of diseases and conditions including tumor removal, C-section, spay and neuter, and foreign body removal for ingested rocks, toys, strings, and the like.

Orthopedic surgeries include fracture repairs and cruciate ligament surgery, among others. Dr. Miles is one of the few veterinarians in Maine, and the only one in the region, who performs tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA) surgery to treat cruciate ligament rupture in dogs. Depending on the dog’s conformation, this surgery is likely to have a significantly better success rate, with fewer complications than the lateral suture method.

Learn more about cruciate ligament surgery at Lucerne Veterinary Hospital.

Anesthesia Safety & Pet Pain Management

We take anesthesia safety and pet pain management very seriously. We use state-of-the-art monitoring and safety equipment to ensure your pet’s anesthesia is as safe as possible. Our technicians are well trained in anesthesia induction and monitoring, following the strict protocols and the high standards supported by AAHA.

Learn more about our anesthesia safety procedures.

Spay & Neuter Surgery

Elective surgeries, such as spays and neuters, are performed daily at our hospital. We strongly recommend all pets be spayed and neutered to eliminate health risks and enhance the human–animal bond.

Neutering your male pet eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and other testicular diseases, and urine marking can be greatly reduced or eliminated. Neutered pets no longer create hormones fueling the urge to wander, so they are far less likely to be injured by automobiles or in fights with other animals.

Spaying your pet before her first heat cycle protects against mammary cancer, eliminates uterine infections, and prevents uterine and ovarian cancer. Spaying and neutering prevents unwanted litters and reduces the need to euthanize homeless pets.

Recommendations for when to spay or neuter your pet will vary depending on breed, temperament, owner preference, and most recent research findings. We will discuss all these factors with you at your appointment.

To discuss spay, neuter, or other elective surgery, call our hospital today.

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