Surgical Suite at our Animal Hospital
Tiffany Hills Animal Hospital has an up-to-date surgical suite, and the equipment to handle most routine procedures. For complicated surgeries, Dr. Fortney believes your pet should be in the hands of a specialist like a Board Certified Surgeon. We are lucky in Kansas City because we have two specialty practices that have the experience to handle these difficult cases. Blue Pearl Veterinary Specialty and Emergency and VCA Mission Med Vet both have outstanding board certified specialist.
Let’s look at the elements of our surgical suite:
Preparation wet table where the pet is anesthetized and prepared for surgery. To give you an idea of the expense involved, this table cost about $2000.
The Anesthetic machine utilizes an oxygen delivery system, CO2 scrubbing system, and an anesthetic gas vaporizer, usually Isoflurane and/or Sevoflurane. We have both types of vaporizers because each has specific advantages over the other. The expense for an anesthetic machine is $4000.
The surgical table needs to be flexible for positioning as well as heated to prevent hypothermia during surgery. This type of surgical table cost $3000.
Surgical lights illuminate the surgical area so the surgeon can discern the surgical site better. Surgical lights usually come in a pair, costing about $2500. There is also one surgical light over the preparation wet table.
Surgical instruments are needed to perform the surgery and depending on the surgery there are different instruments needed. There is always a general surgery pack for opening and closing the site, then there may be special instruments needed for the actual surgery; orthopedic, ophthalmic, or soft tissue. The total cost of instruments can be about $2000.
Before we can begin our surgery, we have to make sure the instruments are sterile. Most sterilization is done with an autoclave. Steam and pressure insures that no contamination will occur during surgery. Autoclaves are expensive, with a cost of $3000.
During surgery the patient’s vital signs need to be monitored. We have a monitor that incorporates a pulse oximeter, electrocardiogram, and blood pressure. This instrument cost about $2500.
Many patients need supportive care during surgery and recovery. We may put an intravenous catheter and run fluids to insure blood pressure and vital organs have good perfusion. The least costly piece of equipment, about $200.
Then there is all the disposable items used during surgery, gauze sponges, bandages, sterile gloves, gowns, drapes, suture material, iv fluids, and surgery masks.
Once the surgery is completed and appropriate pain medications have been administered, there are the recovery kennels. An array of kennels can cost $12,000.
So we have safely prepared the patient, preformed surgery, and had an uneventful recovery, now we can discharge the patient. All in all, the investment for the above equipment is about $31,000. That does not include the cost of the building, technicians, or doctor’s time. There can be no compromise on using the above equipment; to do so would increase the risks and outcomes.
When you look at the virtual tour on the web site, see if you can spot all the equipment mentioned above.