A board certified surgeon is an individual who has completed the requirements of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) to become certified as a specialist in veterinary surgery (an ACVS Diplomate).
Usually your veterinarian will contact us initially, but you are welcome to contact us directly if you prefer.
Monitoring of your pet during surgery is required by TVSS. This is usually performed by a veterinary technician or assistant at your animal hospital. Your pet will also be under the care of your veterinarian and support staff while recovering from anesthesia. TVSS has partnerships with multiple animal hospitals who we feel provide exemplary service. We value the relationships we have with these facilities, and our staff works hand-in-hand with your animal hospital's staff to provide the best care possible for your pet.
We require aggressive pain control both before and after surgery, usually consisting of an opioid like morphine or hydromorphone, as well a NSAID like Rimadyl®, Metacam® or Previcox®. When applicable, we perform epidural anesthesia, local nerve blocks, and a variety of constant rate infusion pain control methods.
Your pet will typically be on two different pain medications- a NSAID and an opiod. We usually use oral buprenorphine in cats. Your pet may also receive an antibiotic. It is very important that they receive the medications as directed by your veterinarian. If your pet has any vomiting or diarrhea, please contact your veterinarian.
When you pick up your pet, you will receive detailed post-operative care instructions that are personalized for your pet. Your veterinarian will also review radiographs, physical therapy and any additional information with you when you pick up your pet.
Yes, your veterinarian will usually be the one doing the follow-up exams as needed per your pet's post-operative instructions. Our Surgeons usually perform follow-up exams on TPLOs, special cases and on an as needed basis with other patients. The TVSS team is available via phone (919.495.1177) or email if questions or concerns arise.