Surgical Care

Surgical Care at Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital

Your pet deserves only the best surgical care. The veterinarians at Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital are highly skilled at performing most surgical procedures, from routine spay/neuter surgeries to more complex orthopedic procedures. We utilize extensive pain management protocols and individually-tailored anesthetic protocols for all of our surgical patients.

Some common soft tissue surgical procedures we perform include:

  • Spay/neuter procedures
  • Cancer biopsies
  • Lump removals
  • Wound repairs
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Entropion repairs (eyelids that have folded inward)
  • Ear canal surgery
  • Splenectomy
  • Gastrointestinal foreign body removal
  • Urinary bladder stone removal
  • Cat declaws
  • Laceration repairs

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgical Care at Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital

If your pet requires orthopedic surgery, the veterinarians at Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital perform numerous complex procedures including patellar luxation surgery and cruciate ligament repair, two of the most common knee surgeries in dogs and cats. For more specialized orthopedic surgical procedures, including fracture repairs, TPLO and spinal surgeries, we may refer clients to one of the following nearby veterinary specialty centers:

Animal Referral & Emergency
1648 N Country Club Dr.
Mesa, AZ 85201

Sonora Veterinary Specialists
4015 East Cactus Road
Phoenix, AZ 85203

Arizona Veterinary Specialists
86 West Juniper Ave.
Gilbert, AZ 85233


Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital utilizes an advanced Ellman Surgitron radiosurgery unit in order to provide advanced surgical care for your pet.

Radiosurgery uses high-frequency radiowaves transmitted through a plastic-coated antenna and a small needle electrode to make incisions. Heat is induced only in the cells that are in contact with the needle electrode. A small amount of heat is generated; however, this heat allows the surgeon to make an incision while simultaneously coagulating the blood.

Radiosurgery has many benefits for your pet. It minimizes tissue damage and alleviates pain and controls bleeding. This speeds up your pet's recovery time. There is also a wide range of applications for radiosurgery, including skin incisions, tumor dissection, organ biopsy, gingivectomy and epilation.

Anesthesia and Pain Management

Anesthesia and Pain Management at Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital

Your pet's safety and comfort during surgery is our highest priority. We understand that surgery can be a stressful experience for both you and your pet. Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital uses advanced anesthetic protocols and monitoring systems to keep your pet comfortable and safe during surgery.

Before Surgery

All pets respond to anesthesia differently. This is why all pets requiring surgery undergo a thorough physical exam and pre-surgical blood testing prior to receiving anesthesia. These tests help us identify any pre-existing conditions that might complicate the use of anesthesia. Using this information, we develop an anesthetic protocol that is developed specifically for your pet. Isoflurane anesthetic is used during surgical procedures.

During Surgery

All patients have intravenous catheters and are intubated during surgery. Patients are kept warm using blankets and a heating pad during every procedure. You can rest easy knowing your pet is constantly monitored throughout surgery. We use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor your pet's heart rate and rhythm, respiration, pulse and blood pressure. A veterinary technician is always present during surgery to assist the doctor in monitoring and providing anesthesia to you pet.

After Surgery

Veterinary patients feel pain just as humans do. The veterinarians at Scottsdale Ranch Animal Hospital believe that pain management helps speed up recovery from surgery and improves your pet's overall quality of life. Pain medication is given to your pet during and after surgery. At discharge, you may receive pain medication to take home with your pet. Our staff will instruct you on how to administer pain medication safely to your pet.

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