Granite City Pet Hospital uses a laser for its surgical procedures. A laser generates a beam of light at a specific wavelength and is used instead of a scalpel. The laser will seal nerve endings and vessels resulting in less pain, less bleeding, and less swelling. The benefits of the laser provide us with a patient that recovers quicker with less discomfort. Please call one of our educated staff about the use of a laser for your pet's surgical procedure.
We offer specialized orthopedic procedures such as fracture repairs and TPLO procedures to correct cranial cruciate ligament ruptures. Granite City Pet Hospital also offers arthroscopy as a minimally invasive approach to evaluation of certain joints. Additionally, we are able to address orthopedic concerns non-surgically with acupuncture, platet rich plasma therapy, and massage therapy in addition to other pain management therapies. Our staff is well educated and will work with you through the entire recovery process. Please contact us for any information or questions about veterinary orthopedics.
The tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) is a surgical procedure performed on patients that have ruptured their cranial cruciate ligament. This injury is comparable to people that have ruptured their ACL. The tibial pleateau is the top part of the tibia (shin bone) that the femur (upper leg bone) rests on. The angle of the plateau is flattened by cutting the bone and rotating it. The section of bone is stabilized with a plate and screws. Patients return to full function of the affected limb 8-12 weeks from surgery. Our staff will work with you through the entire recovery process. We will provide recheck exams, physical therapy recommendations, acupuncture therapy, and massage therapy. Please call us for more information about the TPLO procedure.
Granite City Pet Hospital is now offering laparoscopy and thoracoscopy. Minimally invasive surgeries reduce the surgical insult and would seem to be preferred over traditional open approaches for any operation that can be performed by laparoscopy. Research studies have documented decrease stress ourselves as we believe it to be less invasive. The surgeon can also see the tissue field better and can easily record these images. Minimally invasive surgical treatments have dramatically advanced patient care for people, and companion animal practice is following this trend.
Endoscopy is a medical procedure that enables us to look at the gastrointestinal tract using a thin, flexible tube with a tiny camera at the tip. Within the tube is a channel that allows the passage of a variety of diagnostic instruments for examination and biopsy. Veterinary Endoscopy allows definitive evaluation of the lining of the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon. Small samples of these areas can be taken and then analyzed in order to determine the exact nature of your pet's problem.
Platelet concentrates have been successfully used to stimulate wound healing of different tissues including cartilage, bone, tendon, ligament and skin in human medicine. This new and promising form of stimulating tissue healing is starting to spread into veterinary medicine. When platelet rich plasma is applied, or injected, into an injury site it delivers a high concentration of growth factors that accelerate tissue regeneration and healing. Its uses include: skin injuries, bone injuries, soft tissue injuries, chronic and acute wounds, and injuries with limited vascularity. Please call us to see if platelet rich plasma therapy is right for your pet.