Surgery

Your pet may be referred to the surgery service at SASH for a number of reasons:

  • The expertise of a specialist is required for a specific operation, including knee reconstruction, spinal and brain surgery or chest surgery
  • Additional knowledge or equipment may be required to help diagnosing your pet’s condition.

At SASH we are fortunate to benefit from specialist anaesthesiologists present full time to increase the safety of all anaesthetics: This is unique in private specialist practice in Australia. Specialists, Drs Clara Rigotti and Colin Dunlop also enhance pain management strategies, employing advanced guided nerve blocks, epidurals and continuous intravenous pain control.

After surgery, comes recovery and a huge part of any successful recovery is excellent pain relief and nursing. At SASH, vets and nurses work 24 hours a day, so you can be guaranteed your pet is receiving the best possible care to result in a speedy and comfortable recovery.

SASH orthopaedic and spinal surgery patients additionally benefit from on-site Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation from day one post op.

Internal Medicine specialists and Critical Care vets are on hand for complex surgical cases, where they may be needed for blood and plasma transfusions, fluid therapy, oxygen supplementation or nutritional support.

If your pet is diagnosed with a form of cancer, the medicine, surgery and oncology staff work together to make sure you have the information you need to decide on the best treatment for your pet.

“SASH has the expertise to cope with unusual or complicated surgeries. Not only do they care about the animals but they care about the owners as well.”

– Lynne Bizzaca, owner of Basil, who successfully had a tumour removed from his spinal canal.

Meet the surgery team at SASH here.