Southwest Florida Veterinary Specialists’ surgery department is at the forefront of surgical technology, techniques, and treatments.
Additionally, we utilize advanced imaging techniques such as CT, MRI, and fluoroscopy to aid in diagnosis and surgical planning.
Our surgeons will confer with your family veterinarian throughout the process to help achieve a successful surgical outcome for your pet.
Supporting our surgical team is a highly trained technical staff that will administer and continuously monitor your pet’s anesthesia and recovery. Our practice is equipped with the latest specialized instrumentation and equipment, and we use only the safest anesthetic agents and the latest pain control medications.
Our goal is to utilize the exceptional skills and expertise of our surgeons as well as the most advanced technology and surgical options to ensure your pet receives extraordinary care.
Soft tissue surgery
This includes surgical diseases affecting the internal organs within the chest or abdomen, head and neck, or skin and reconstructive procedures.
These challenging procedures are frequently performed at SWFVS. With 3 board certified cardiologists on staff there is a demand for persistent ductus arteriosus ligation (PDA) for very small dogs and pericardectomy (removal of a diseased pericardial sac), as well as removal of diseased lung lobes or intrathoracic tumors.
These procedures include, but are not limited to, surgeries of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, biliary system, pancreas, adrenal glands, and the urogenital system.
Head and neck surgeries
We commonly treat patients with upper respiratory disease such as brachiocephalic syndrome, tracheal collapse, and laryngeal paralysis.
Skin and reconstructive surgeries: Examples would include management of large wounds, including those requiring tissue flaps and/or skin grafts.
This includes bone, joint and ligament surgeries.
Multiple different techniques are available at SWFVS for cranial cruciate ligament injury, including TPLO, tightrope (regular and mini), and a lateral suture technique.
Patellar luxation repairFracture repair
With an advanced locking plating system.
SWFVS offers the Arthrex ACP® System which provides rapid, safe, and efficient concentration of platelets and growth factors from autologous (from the same patient) blood for use in orthopedic treatment sites and degenerative joints.
ACP speeds recovery times, decreases infection rates, and is also a viable option to improve comfort for patients with severe arthritis.
ACP can be applied during orthopedic surgical procedures or can be injected on an outpatient basis into one or multiple arthritic joints.
When the spine is diseased, your pet may be uncoordinated in its movements, or may not be able to use one or more limbs. Some spinal problems, such as spinal trauma and certain disc herniations, require emergency surgery. Our surgical team is available 24/7 for such emergencies, so your pet will have the best chance for a successful outcome.
The specific diagnostic tests for spinal abnormalities are CT +/- myelogram (injection of contrast into the spinal canal to outline the spinal cord), spinal tap, and MRI. These tests require general anesthesia to keep your pet still in order to obtain good quality images. This can be performed safely and comfortably for your pet. If a spinal compression is identified, spinal surgery is typically recommended to relieve the pressure on the spinal cord.