Riverside Drive offers the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. All patients are carefully screened for safety, and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet.
Pet Surgical services and facilities include:
- Board-certified surgeon available for consultation
- Fully-trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet
- Heated surgery tables for greater comfort
- Advanced sterilization techniques
- ECG and oxygen saturation monitors
- Intensive after-surgery care
- Full blood testing
Ligasure vessel sealing system to provide sutureless ligations of blood vessels. This saves critical time and minimizes blood loss.
Riverside Drive maintains relationships with specialists at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center and MedVet Columbus so that we may refer your dog or cat to the best board-certified surgeon for its specific surgical needs. In these cases, your pet’s surgery will be conducted at our hospital and attended by our trained animal health technicians.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Riverside Animal Care Center is one of the leading providers of minimally invasive surgery for cats and dogs. The advantage of minimally invasive surgery is decreased healing time postoperatively, as well as less pain and discomfort when compared to conventional surgery. Other advantages include magnification of internal organs and lesions allowing better visualization than a traditional open surgical procedure.
One of our leading minimally invasive surgical techniques is laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopy consists of a five-millimeter telescope (camera) that is attached to a video processor and LCD screen. This allows a clear and magnified image of internal organs while only using a very small incision, approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Laparoscopy allows visualization of internal organs for diagnostic purposes. We are also able to perform ovariectomies and ovariohysterectomies (spay) with the laparoscope, as well as liver and kidney biopsies and cryptorchid neuter surgeries. Using the laparoscope is our standard of care for cystotomies ( bladder surgeries) as well as gastropexies to prevent gastric torsions in our large breed patients.
We have been performing laparoscopic surgical procedures since 2008 and currently, 70% of our “routine“ spays are being performed laparoscopically. We are the only veterinary hospital in central Ohio that can claim that a majority of our patients undergoing routine procedures are experiencing this state of the art technology and less pain.
Carbon Dioxide Laser & Electrosurgical Devices
Riverside Drive Animal Care Center offers a carbon dioxide laser for most surgical procedures as an alternative to traditional surgery for cats and dogs. Lasers replace scalpels in many procedures and are useful for a wide range of conditions, such as cyst, tumor, and wart removal as well as ovariohysterectomies and neuters. Laser procedures result in less pain, bleeding, and swelling. Their use results in less postoperative discomfort for the patient and potentially quicker recovery. The laser can shorten some surgical procedures due to better control of bleeding.
Electrosurgical generators help our surgeons perform surgeries because they allow better hemostasis and much less bleeding. The Valley Lab Ligasure device is a vessel sealing system that allows us to perform laparoscopic surgeries without blood loss and without using sutures to ligate vessels. This instrument is essential for performing our minimally invasive surgeries using a laparoscope.