surgery

Advanced Surgery

Best Care Veterinary Specialty’s board-certified surgeon, Brent Reimer, DACVS, specializes in advanced surgical procedures such as orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, and surgical oncology.

Our doctors and staff understand that surgery can be stressful for your pet as well as for you. Our team of highly trained veterinarians are experienced in many different kinds of surgical techniques and have performed hundreds of surgeries using the most advanced veterinary technology available.

Prior to every surgery at Best Care Veterinary Specialty, our team conducts a pre-surgical exam to make sure that the patient is healthy enough for anesthesia and the surgical procedure itself. At this time, a blood sample will also be taken. If the client has any questions about the surgical procedure, we will be happy to answer them at any point.

During the surgical procedure, our team monitors your pet’s vital signs to ensure maximum safety. It is also important to be sure that an appropriate amount of pain medication is administered so when the patient awakens, they will feel as comfortable as possible.

Following the operation, our team will continue to monitor the patient to complete recovery with continuous evaluation of their pain management protocol so they remain as comfortable as possible.

Orthopedic Surgery

Pets can have issues with their bones and joints too. This can range from a broken bone or ligament injury to congenital growth abnormalities and everything in between. Dr. Spoo performs a thorough exam to help diagnose even the most difficult and subtle of orthopedic conditions. If surgery is recommended, he will work closely with our surgeon, Dr. Brent Reimer, to determine the best outcome for your pet.

Some examples of orthopedic surgeries performed at Best Care include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair
  • Fracture repair
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) removal
  • Correction of angular limb deformities
  • Femoral head and neck ostectomy (FHO)
  • Luxating patellas

The most common orthopedic procedures we perform are surgeries for repairing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears in dogs.  Once your dog has an ACL tear, it is extremely important to diagnose and treat the injury as soon as possible because it will continue to deteriorate, worsening the situation over time and causing your pet more pain. If not treated, your dog will have trouble with mobility, as walking becomes difficult or impossible.

If you believe your dog is experiencing an ACL tear, some symptoms to watch out for include subtle lameness or avoidance of using the injured knee. A common sign that a dog might have an ACL tear is sticking a leg out to one side while they are sitting.

At Best Care Veterinary Specialty, our highly trained veterinary surgeon is well-equipped to perform ACL repair surgery right here in Sioux Falls, SD. There are several techniques to repair a torn ACL, including extracapsular repair surgery (ECR) and tibial-plateau-leveling-osteotomy (TPLO). Each of these procedures have different advantages as well as recovery times. We will discuss the best course of action depending on your pet’s situation and not recommend a one-size-fits-all solution.

After an ACL injury, a high percentage of dogs will tear their second ACL at some point in their life, regardless of whether we repair the first knee. Post-surgery management with our ACL patients involves visiting with our rehab specialist, Dr. Joe Spoo, every two weeks to help with the recovery of the surgically repaired leg as well as to prevent injury to the opposite leg.

Follow-up visits are essential to the recovery process of any surgery. In order for maximum recovery success, we need to see your pet on an every other week basis to evaluate the healing process. Therapy plans will be updated every two weeks based on your pet’s progress with the goal to have your pet return to normal activities.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery often involves the abdomen, chest or tumor removals.  These types of procedures include respiratory, ear, nose, throat, gastrointestinal, cardiothoracic, and urogenital surgeries, or other surgeries that don’t fall under orthopedic surgeries. Soft tissue surgeries can be emergency surgeries related to trauma.

Common soft-tissue surgeries performed at Best Care Veterinary Specialty include:

  • Mass removal
  • Abdominal exploratory
  • Thoracic surgery (lung removal, tumor removal, cardiac surgery)
  • Splenectomy
  • Laryngeal tie-back
  • Liver surgery (tumor removal, shunt correction, lobectomy)
  • Migrating foreign body removal

Following an initial consultation with one of our veterinarians at Best Care Veterinary Specialty, your pet will be admitted for treatment or scheduled for a future date. After the surgery, your pet will be closely monitored by our team to ensure a successful recovery process.

Neurological Surgery

At Best Care Veterinary Specialty, we have modern tools to treat a variety of neurological conditions in pets. We are the only clinic in the tri-state area with a CT scanner which allows us to visualize tissues and problems that can’t be seen with other standard techniques like x-ray and ultrasound. Although it may sound scary, neurological surgery is quite common. 

Our team has the expertise to determine the cause of your pet’s neurological concern by using the most advanced diagnostic equipment in order to make this process as smooth as possible. If your pet is in need of neurosurgical expertise, there is no better veterinary facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota that is more experienced or better equipped.

The most common type of condition that affects the nervous system of your pet is a ruptured intervertebral disc putting pressure on the spinal cord. Depending on the degree of compression and the symptoms your pet is exhibiting, we could treat with aggressive rehabilitation with our board-certified specialist, Dr. Joe Spoo. If warranted, surgery can be performed by our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Brent Reimer.

Many of our clients at Best Care Veterinary Specialty are happy to know that our experienced team of veterinarians are able to perform neurological surgery and care right here at our Sioux Falls location. Having the same team with you throughout the process can be paramount in understanding each step and having a successful outcome.

Other neurologic conditions that we are able to manage:

  • Degenerative neurologic conditions such as degenerative myelopathy
  • Congenital neurologic conditions
  • Tumors affecting the brain and spinal cord

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