Advanced Surgical Services
There are times when your pet may need care from a board-certified surgeon. Take comfort in knowing Lakeshore offers you the largest credentialed surgical department in SE Wisconsin with the strongest depth of experience. Our board-certified surgical specialists have the expertise to perform advanced procedures to meet your pet's needs with compassion and care.
Comfortable, Progressive Facilities
Our suites and treatment areas are equipped with state-of-the-art surgical equipment and instrumentation. In partnership with our board-certified anesthesiologist, we employ the latest techniques in pain management, pre-operative and advanced monitoring systems. Our facilities provide a warm and soothing environment for our patients and pet owners.
We offer specialized surgical service in the following areas:
- Advanced abdominal surgery
- Endocrine surgery
- Oncologic surgery
- Reconstructive surgery/skin grafting
- Thoracic surgery
- Oncologic surgery
- Wound management
- Cruciate ligament rupture
- Patella luxation
- Fracture repair
- Hip dysplasia
- Growth deformities
- In conjunction with our neurology department, we provide 24/7 diagnostic & surgical neurology services
- In conjunction with our physical rehabilitation department, we provide advanced management of arthritis/PRP & stem cell therapy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon?
A board-certified surgeon must complete a minimum of a 1-year internship followed by a three-year residency program after graduation from veterinary school. The internship and residency programs must meet guidelines established by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). During their residency program, they must complete specific training in surgical procedures and caseload requirements, perform research and have their research published in a scientific journal. After all of these requirements are met, they must pass a rigorous examination, which includes testing both their surgical knowledge and clinical competency. After passing this exam, this specialist is called a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons or a board-certified surgeon.
When would I need a Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon?
If your pet develops a problem or injury requiring advanced surgical procedures or when complicated conditions require specialized equipment and care, your primary veterinarian (or emergency veterinarian) may refer you to a board-certified veterinary surgeon. Our board-certified surgeons utilize a team approach when it comes to working with your referring veterinarian and you on treatment plans they may recommend. This approach is necessary to ensure we are enabling you to make informed decisions about the treatment recommendations, as well as to confirm that the continuity of care for your pet is maintained throughout the process. Our surgeons are always available to your veterinarian as a resource by providing them with consultations on difficult or unusual cases as well as offering their surgical expertise when needed to help ensure the best possible outcome for you and your pet.
What can I expect at my pet’s surgery appointment?
- You and your pet will be greeted by one of our Client Care Specialists. They will assist you with any paperwork that may be needed during your check-in process. After the paperwork is completed, the CCS will escort you into one of our exam rooms for a brief history by the veterinary technician/assistant.
- Our technician/assistant will also go over a short questionnaire with you regarding your pet’s health history. Once that is complete, they will gather basic vitals on your pet (temperature, heart rate, etc). The technician/assistant will then update our surgeon with your pet's past and current health.
- Next, our surgeon will ask more in depth questions to completely understand your pet’s issue(s) and perform a physical exam on your pet. Afterward, our surgeon will discuss their findings with you and create a plan that works for you and your pet. If surgery is agreed upon, we will schedule the next available date that will work for you and your pet.