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Intestinal Surgery

Intestinal Surgery

Gastrotomy and Gastrectomy These are surgical procedures for removal of foreign objects from the stomach or removal of tumors from the stomach wall. Pyloromyotomy and Pylorectomy These are procedures to facilitate passage of intestinal contents from the stomach to the intestine more readily.  The pyloromyotomy is used to open the pylorus more fully; the pylorectomy … Read moreIntestinal Surgery

Urinary Tract Surgery

Urinary Tract Surgery

Cystotomy/Cystectomy Cystotomies most often are performed to remove stones from the bladder and urethra. Cystectomies are performed to resect tumors of the bladder wall. Urethrostomy The most common urethral surgery is the perineal urethrostomy, which we perform in male cats with urethral obstruction. We also perform scrotal urethrostomies in dogs to treat reoccurring bladder and … Read moreUrinary Tract Surgery

Hernia Surgery

Hernia Surgery

Diaphragmatic Hernia Repair These hernias can be congenital or traumatic. Surgery is performed to return abdominal structures from the chest to the abdomen and to close the defect in the diaphragmatic tissue. Perineal Hernia Repair In this hernia, abdominal contents enter the perineal space. Surgical repair involves returning the herniated structures to the abdomen and … Read moreHernia Surgery

Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Canine Physical Rehabilitation

Canine physical rehabilitation is an emerging field in veterinary medicine.  Just as in human medicine, rehabilitation has been shown to improve mobility after surgery, decrease pain, increase strength, and speed healing. At Riverbend, all our orthopedic patients have some form of physical rehabilitation post-op. At the patient’s first recheck two weeks post-surgery, owners are shown … Read moreCanine Physical Rehabilitation

Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy

Riverbend Animal Hospital has a Class IV therapy laser. It delivers light therapy at two different wavelengths invisible to the naked eye: one that works to reduce inflammation and swelling, and one that is targeted to reduce pain. Lasers emit light of specific wavelengths that can be utilized by cells. The light enters the mitochondria … Read moreLaser Therapy

Follow-up

Follow-up

For Riverbend ClientsPre-op and post-op examinations are scheduled with Dr. Thomson. Once the pet has healed sufficiently from the surgery, care will be returned to the regular Riverbend doctor. All findings and treatment will be fully documented in the pet’s record as well as communicated directly to the regular doctor. For Referral ClientsDr. Thomson is … Read moreFollow-up

Anesthesia

Anesthesia

Each patient has pre-operative blood and urine testing and, if indicated, radiographs. Then an individualized anesthetic protocol is set up for each patient. We are very proactive with pain control.  All patients receive preanesthetic analgesics and sedatives, have catheters placed, and receive fluids. Many receive continuous intravenous infusions of opiods and morphine epidurals. All receive … Read moreAnesthesia

Radiology

Radiology

Here at Riverbend we have digital radiography equipment, which enables us to provide high-quality diagnostic x-rays. In addition to standard diagnostic X-rays, we perform several types of contrast imaging, including intravenous pyelograms and myelograms. We regularly consult with the board-certified radiologists at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals for assistance with more challenging cases. Our … Read moreRadiology

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Anterior Cruciate Ligament RepairA torn ACL is the most common orthopedic injury we treat.We use the Lateral Suture technique to repair this injury.In an average year here at Riverbend, we surgically treat over 250 torn ACLs. Patellar Luxation RepairPatellar luxation is most commonly a congenital problem. The patella can luxate either medially or laterally. It … Read moreOrthopedic Surgery

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