Surgery and Surgical Procedures

Surgery and Surgical ProceduresA full-service veterinary surgery facility, South Paws Veterinary Specialists is located at 2631 North Causeway Blvd in Mandeville, LA. Dr. Robert Hancock, veterinary surgical specialist and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, is the owner of South Paws and oversees all surgical cases. His excellent reputation for outstanding surgery and patient care has earned him the trust and respect of referring veterinarians throughout the Gulf Coast region.

Staffed by a team of highly-trained veterinary specialists and experienced veterinary technicians, we are proud to provide you and your pet with the most progressive and complete veterinary surgical care available. We offer advanced neurologic, soft tissue and orthopedic services such as TPLO, TTA, and total hip replacement plus numerous advanced diagnostic tests. Our full-time staff includes a Certified Veterinary Physical Therapist that is here to help your pet regain strength and recover faster after surgery. These are just a few examples of the specialized care your pet receives as a South Paws Veterinary Specialists patient.

South Paws Veterinary Specialists offers a wide range of diagnostic and surgical procedures which includes:

Orthopedic Procedures

  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy – State of the art procedure for repair of cranial cruciate ligament rupture
  • Extracapsular Cranial Cruciate Ligament Stabilization
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement – The Newest Treatment For Canine ACL Rupture
  • Patellar Luxation Repair
  • Hip Reduction (Open/Closed)
  • Femoral Head & Neck Excision
  • Fracture Repair
  • Arthroscopy
  • TPO - Triple Pelvic Osteotomy
  • Pubic Symphysiodesis – A new procedure for the prevention of hip dysplasia in dogs
  • Arthrodesis
  • Bone Biopsy
  • Limb Amputation
  • Mandibulectomy/Maxillectomy
  • Arthrotomy for OCD/FCP

Soft–Tissue Procedures

    Surgery and Surgical Procedures
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus Ligation
  • Persistent Right Aortic Arch
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Portosystemic shunt attenuation
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Lung Lobectomy
  • Soft Palate Resection
  • Laryngeal Tieback
  • Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus
  • Bowel Resection/Enterotomy
  • Liver Lobectomy/Splenectomy
  • Biliary Diversion/Cholecystectomy
  • Perineal Hernia Repair
  • Feeding Tube Placement
  • Anal Sacculectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Urinary Stone Removal
  • Urethrostomy
  • Prostatic Surgery
  • Skin Grafts
  • Total Ear Canal Ablation

Neurologic Procedures

  • Spinal Decompression/Stabilization
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Spinal Fracture

Anesthesia and Monitoring

Anesthesia and MonitoringIn our continuing efforts to provide both you and your pet with the best and most advanced surgical care possible, we have invested heavily in the latest anesthetic administration and cardiovascular monitoring equipment. Surgeries are performed in our
state-of-the-art operating rooms where the most up-to-date pain management techniques and the safest anesthetic agents are used.

Anesthesia is individualized for your pet based upon a number of factors including the type of procedure, his or her
pre-existing conditions, blood test values, age, breed and prior anesthetic experience. We limit the amount of anesthesia by employing pre-medications, local anesthetics, epidurals and by using continuous rate infusions of pain medications.

During anesthesia and surgery, your pet is constantly monitored by a trained veterinary technician as well as with an advanced electronic monitoring device that measures 6 vital parameters (EKG, respiration, pulse oximeter, capnomitry, core body temperature and blood pressure). Additionally, your pet receives IV fluids to maintain blood pressure and hydration.

Our commitment to providing the highest quality care and comfort to you and your beloved pet extends well beyond our four walls. We welcome your visit and your questions.