The operating theatre is where major sterile surgical procedures are carried out.
A totally clean environment is essential and the room is constructed so that this can be maintained. The theatre has just one entrance and only personnel directly involved may enter.
The patient is initially anaesthetised with a rapid acting intravenous agent and then maintained with oxygen and Isofluorane gas precisely delivered from an anaesthetic machine.
This routine allows rapid recovery so that most patients will be able to return home on the same day after routine surgery.
Veterinary nurses who have a thorough formal training in anaesthetic techniques will closely monitor the patient to make these procedures as safe as possible.
The surgical site is covered with sterile drapes for the operation.
Surgical procedures can include routine neutering, tumour removal and abdominal surgery in dogs, cats and various other pets. We also carry out a range of soft tissue and orthopaedic procedures.
When the procedure is finished oxygen is given until consciousness is regained. The breathing tube is removed and monitoring continued until the patient is fully awake.
You will be asked to call for a progress report and to arrange a time for collection. Instructions on home care and any medicines required are given on discharge by the nurse.
Equipment found in the surgeons Prep room and Theatre:
- Autoclave for steam sterilization of instruments
- Surgeons scrub sink for thorough antiseptic hand washing prior to using sterilized gloves for the operation
- Fully adjustable stainless steel operating table
- Full range of sterile instruments required for the procedure
- Powerful operating lamp to give excellent vision of the operating field
- Anaesthetic machine and circuit using Isoflurane for rapid recovery with minimal after effect
- Monitoring equipment to closely supervise the patient throughout the procedure