Your Pet’s Surgery

Skilled and Compassionate Care for Your Pet

The entire veterinary team at Derry Animal Hospital understands the decision to allow your beloved companion to undergo surgery is never easy. For your pet’s safety and your peace of mind, we follow the strictest surgical guidelines to keep your pet comfortable and help make the experience as stress free as possible for both of you.

surgerySurgical Procedures at Derry Animal Hospital

We regularly perform many types of surgeries, including but not limited to:

  • Spays and neuters
  • Eye surgery
  • Bladder surgery
  • Tumor removal
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Cancer surgery
  • Skin surgery
  • Thyroid surgery
  • Cesarean sections

Perhaps the most important pre-surgical step is to discuss why we believe a particular procedure is necessary and what it entails. Your veterinarian will provide you with information on proper postoperative care and answer any questions you have so you feel comfortable knowing you are making the right choice for your pet.

Our Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

All orthopedic surgeries are performed by Geoffrey N. Clark, DVM, Diplomate ACVS, a board-certified surgical specialist since 1992. In 1999 Dr. Clark founded Veterinary Surgery of New England, a mobile surgical referral practice based in Durham, NH. Along with his work at Derry Animal Hospital, Dr. Clark provides on-site orthopedic and soft tissue surgery services at veterinary hospitals in New Hampshire, southern Maine and northeastern Massachusetts.

Dr. Clark earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a 13-month internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and a three-year residency in small animal surgery at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to returning to the Northeast, he was a staff surgeon for five years at the Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle, where he also served as chairman of the continuing education committee for the Seattle-King County Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Clark is the founder and former editor of Canine Sports Medicine Update and served as contributing veterinary editor for Field Trial Magazine. He has published numerous scientific papers on a variety of surgical topics and authored chapters in four veterinary textbooks. Dr. Clark has been an invited speaker at more than 70 veterinary meetings in the United States and Canada.

laser_surgeryLaser Surgery

Surgical lasers have become a vital part of veterinary medicine. In laser surgery, a highly focused laser beam efficiently vaporizes the affected living tissue. It simultaneously seals capillaries, small blood vessels, lymphatics and nerve endings. All our veterinarians perform laser surgery, and most surgeries we offer can be performed using a laser. Laser surgery has significant benefits to both pets and surgeons.

Laser Surgery Benefits for Your Pet

Less Bleeding: As it makes an incision, the laser seals small blood vessels. The result is a significant reduction in bleeding, which enables different surgical procedures to be utilized for optimal results for your pet.

Less Pain: The CO2 laser beam seals nerve endings and lymphatics, which results in less edema and pain for your pet. Less pain also means less post-operative recovery time for your pet.

Reduced Risk of Infection: One of the most unique features of the CO2 laser beam is that it efficiently kills bacteria in its path, producing a sterilizing effect.

Quicker Recovery and Healing Time: Reduced risk of infection, less bleeding and pain and less swelling allow you pet to make a quick recovery after surgery.

Laser Surgery Benefits for Surgeons

Increased Surgical Capabilities: Laser surgery improves many surgical procedures by simplifying them and reducing risks generally associated with surgery.

Enhanced Visibility of the Surgical Area: The laser light seals capillaries and small blood vessels as it cuts, thereby dramatically reducing bleeding. This provides a much clearer, drier surgical site for the surgeon.

Increased Precision: A laser beam’s focal spot may be adjusted down to a small fraction of a millimeter or expanded for wider coverage. The laser power may also be set for rapid removal of large tissue amounts or adjusted to remove only one cell layer at a time.

Reduction of Surgery Time: The hemostatic effect of the laser beam and the improved visibility of the surgical area reduces the surgery’s overall duration.

Customized Anesthesia Protocols

Ensuring the health and safety of your pet during surgery is our utmost concern and requires an anesthetic and monitoring regimen that adheres to the highest principles and ideals of quality care. We utilize a multi-parameter monitoring and anesthesia system to ensure your pet’s safety during all surgeries.

Prior to surgery, your pet is examined and a pre-surgical blood screen is performed. The results of these tests and your pet’s past anesthetic history, breed, age and weight, are used to create an individualized anesthesia protocol for your pet. During surgery, your pet is cared for by a well-trained and experienced veterinary technician using our state-of-the-art monitoring system, which tracks blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature and oxygen level.

Pain Management for Your Pet’s Complete Comfort

We all know that pain hurts, but pain also has many other detrimental effects on your pet’s body. Pain slows healing, decreases activity and can cause behavioral changes such as aggression, anxiety and depression. Pain also worsens diseases like arthritis and potentially some cancers, and it interferes with the bond between you and your pet.

postopFor all these reasons, the team at Derry Animal Hospital take controlling your pet’s pain very seriously. As part of our commitment to keep your pet comfortable and protect the bond you share, we administer a pain management regimen before, during and after surgery. It is our goal to treat your pet’s pain before your pet even experiences discomfort.

For surgeries as well as for acute and chronic conditions, we use all our available and safe resources, including local anesthetics, NSAIDs (non-steroidal medications) and oral and injectable analgesics for your pet’s complete comfort.

Caring for Your Pet After Surgery

Following surgery, your pet is closely monitored and kept warm and comfortable by a dedicated veterinary technician for a safe recovery. As your pet is discharged from the hospital, you will be provided detailed information on how to administer any medication and properly care for your pet after surgery. We are also available to answer any questions or concerns that arise after you and your pet return home.