Dr. Haroush doesn't only look after your pet as a professional, but he sees your pet as one of his own. With his extensive veterinary knowledge and fully-equipped hospital, he is able to give you peace of mind when it comes to your pet. The Animal Health Center really is the best place to take care of your pet's problems. I wouldn't go anywhere else. Unlike large veterinary hospitals that deal with a myriad of pets hastily, this private practice gives you reassurance that your pet will be taken care of exceptionally on an individual basis.
The Animal Health Center at the Veterinary Village surgical facilities and surgeons are equipped with the most sophisticated tools in medicine. Our staff is dedicated to perfecting the most state-of-the-art procedures, from orthopedic surgery to laparoscopy, arthroscopy, laser assisted surgery and so much more. Just some of the surgical services that we provide are as follows:
- Body Cavity and Hernia Repair
The Animal Health Center will provide routine and elective care during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 10am – 6pm, Saturdays, 10am – 2pm and on an emergency basis 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
TTA RAPID: The New Face of ACL Surgery
TTA RAPID: The New Face of ACL Surgery
Animal Health Center at Veterinary Village has been instrumental in redefining the role of minimally invasive surgery and diagnostics in veterinary medicine. We utilize the most cutting-edge surgical equipment, techniques, diagnostics, and groundbreaking methods to provide our clients with the highest quality of medical care and most effective solutions.
TTA Rapid, an alternative surgery for the treatment of ACL injuries and was only recently introduced to the United States. Our doctors at Animal Health Center are some of the few veterinary surgeons in the entire world who are experienced with this new biotechnology.
The ACL, anterior cruciate ligament, is one of the four main ligaments of the knee, and it helps to stabilize the knee during landing or rotating. Treatment of a torn ACL involves surgery, rehabilitation, and pain management. In some cases rehabilitation, and weight & pain management become part of a lifelong plan for animals, especially if they are older or have predisposed conditions.
TTA Rapid surgery has recently become one of the newest and most effective surgeries available for the treatment of ACL injuries. It most closely restores the normal biomechanics of the knee by using the least invasive surgery to stabilize the joint with minimal arthritic damage to the joint. This procedure is more accurate than other well-used surgeries, resulting in rapid healing, less inflammation, and recovery within weeks of surgery as opposed to months. Additionally, it relies on titanium implants, which carry less risk of infection and rejection and allows for a larger range of movement than in other ACL injury surgeries, such as the TPLO.
TPLO is one type of surgery used by orthopedics for treatment of ACL injuries. In this case the tibia, or weight bearing part of the knee joint, is surgically cut and altered to a different angle; Implants hold the knee in place while the joint heals to its new position. It’s not only extremely invasive, but the accuracy of success is dependent on a multitude of factors, the post-operative healing is extended, and recovery could take months. Additionally, the surgery itself, while helpful in treating the ACL injury, also causes increased forces within the knee, possible permanent loss of some range of motion, and the knee is more difficult to extend post surgery.
If your animal companion has recently had an ACL injury, call Animal Health Center immediately to make an appointment with one of our veterinary surgeons. With our experience, we can ensure that your pet experiences the least amount of pain during, both surgery and post-op, following with a quick and safe recovery without the long-term effects of traditional ACL surgery.
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Minimally Invasive Surgery
The Animal Health Center at Veterinary Village has been instrumental in this region in redefining the role of minimally invasive surgery in veterinary medicine. We utilize the most cutting-edge surgical equipment and groundbreaking methods to provide our clients with the highest quality of medical care. As a result, your pet will experience less pain and scarring, are at less risk of wound infection, have a shorter hospital stay, and an overall quicker recovery as compared to traditional surgery. This is an exciting area of growth in the veterinary industry, especially regarding the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
In minimally invasive surgeries, endoscopes, c-arms, and other imaging devices allow our surgeons to better view the patient’s organs and structures in order to diagnose, biopsy, and treat their condition while causing minimal injury to your pet. In this case, surgery is performed with a flexible fiber-optic instrument with a light and small viewing camera attached. The surgeon views the projection on a larger screen and the incisions required for this type of surgery are less than 1 cm wide, hence the name “minimally invasive.”
Below are a few types of minimally invasive surgery that our surgeons at Animal Health Center specialize in:
Laparoscopy is performed when there is a highly potential presence of cysts, adhesions, or infection to the abdomen and pelvic organs.
Arthroscopy is an orthopedic surgical procedure used to diagnose and treat joint abnormalities, including repairing an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). This non-invasive surgery is used to repair damaged cartilage or tendons, remove inflamed tissue, bone, or cartilage, and/or drain excess fluids.
Thoracoscopy is used to treat conditions within the lung and chest cavity. Treatment may include a biopsy and/or removal of excess fluid or diseased lung tissue to reduce inflammation, infection, and disease.
Closed Reduction Internal Fixation (CRIF) and Minimally Invasive Plate Osteosynthesis (MIPO), surgeries relating to fracture repair. Both are used to reset or repair a fractured bone using a supplemental plate for support. In both cases, there is a much shorter recovery time than traditional open surgery, and the risk of infection, complication rate, and skin grafting is greatly reduced.
If your pet was recently diagnosed with an infection or disease, make an appointment today with one of our medical professionals to determine your pet’s eligibility for minimally invasive surgery. Our goal at Animal Health Center is to ensure the safety, health, and happiness of each of our patients.
Spaying & Neutering
What are Spaying and Neutering?
Spaying and neutering are both veterinary surgical procedures that remove your pet's reproductive organs to prevent any future breeding. The process of spaying a female animal is called an “ovariohysterectomy,” which removes its ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus. The results of neutering in the castration of male animals involves complete removal of their testicles.
What are the Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering?
Spayed animals will not be at risk for ovarian or uterine cancer and are less likely to develop breast cancer. Intact males have a natural instinct to roam around and fight with other animals who may have contagious diseases or parasites. By neutering males, your pet will not get testicular cancer and will have a reduced risk of injury and transmission of diseases.
When is the Best Time to Spay or Neuter My Pet?
Pets can be spayed or neutered once they are 8 weeks of age. Those in animal shelters go through this surgery around this time so they can be sterilized prior to adoption. It's advisable to schedule these surgery procedures prior to six months of age in order to avoid the start of urine spraying and eliminate its chances for pregnancy.
Have questions about this service?
Don’t hesitate to ask and our talented and compassionate staff will help you with your queries.
Will My Pet Act Differently After it is Spayed or Neutered?
Your pet will most likely be calmer after the surgery. Fixed pets require less food due to the lowering of their excitement levels. Ask us about your pet's new dietary needs.
How Do I Prepare My Pet for Surgery?
Avoid feeding your pet after midnight the night before the surgery. Also, take your pet for a walk so that he or she is tired out and less stressed during the process.
What is the Recovery Process for Recently Spayed or Neutered Pets?
Your pet may experience some discomfort after the surgery, but shouldn't be in any excessive pain. Medication can be sent home with your pet to control any pain. Here are some tips for your pet's safe and comfortable recovery:
- Provide a quiet place indoors away from other animals.
- Try to prevent your pet from running or jumping for the first few days following the surgery.
- Prevent your pet from licking the incision site as it may cause infection. Try distracting your pet with some treats or by using an Elizabethan collar.
- For your cat, consider using shredded paper instead of cat litter. The dust from the litter box can also cause infection.
- Avoid bathing your pet for at least ten days after the surgery.
- Check the incision site daily to confirm proper healing.
- If you notice any redness, swelling or discharge at the surgery site, or if the incision is open, please contact your vet immediately. Also, contact your vet if your pet shows signs of lethargy, decreased its appetite, is vomiting or has diarrhea following the surgery.