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The Surgical Suites

Life saving technology

We are very proud of our Surgical Suites (operating theatres). We have invested a lot of money, time and planning into making our surgical facilities as good as any operating theatre you will find in any veterinary teaching hospital or referral centre anywhere in Australia.

Surgery is an integral part of the work of a veterinarian and every practice undertakes some surgical procedures. Often, particularly in smaller regional and rural practices, the ‘surgery’ is simply a room out the back with a table and some anaesthetic equipment. That might be okay for minor operations but when it comes to more complex procedures, an operating theatre needs to be properly equipped to do the job. And to do it with minimal risk to the animal.

Our philosophy is that when your pets must undergo surgery, they deserve the same level of facilities people expect when they go into hospital. To achieve that we have built dedicated surgical areas.

The difference in our facilities begins with the operating theatre itself — a purpose built area designed for maximum efficiency and sterility. Our theatres are self-contained, with climate control and HEPA air filters that circulate only the air in the surgery, preventing cross-contamination to or from other areas of the hospital. All surgical prep is conducted outside of the sterile environment of the theatre.

Our operating tables are also purpose-built and adjustable, allowing us to position an animal exactly where the surgeon needs it to be, and at the correct angle to present the relevant portion of the animal’s anatomy.

All radiographs held in our Radiology Suite are transmitted on demand to high resolution computer monitors in the theatre, allowing the surgeon to refer to the relevant x-rays during surgery.

At the heart of our surgical facilities are the state-of-the-art machines we use to deliver anaesthetics to your pet, and to monitor their vital signs during an operation.

The hospital is equipped with Drager Fabius GS anaesthetic machines, exactly the same devices used to deliver anaesthesia to people undergoing surgery. Our philosophy is ‘safety first’ so we have four of these high-tech machines, across two surgical facilities, for multiple redundancy in case of equipment failure. Each machine also has a 6-hour battery backup to ensure they keep working in the event of a power failure. All other equipment in the theatre is also covered by UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply), guaranteeing that we can complete an operation should the power go out.

All anaesthetic machines are fitted with anti-bacterial and viral filters to minimise the possibility of cross-infection or contamination.

In addition to the anaesthetic equipment the theatres are also equipped with an extensive array of machines that allow us to precisely monitor the vital signs of your pet during surgery. All patients are attached to devices that record heart rate and rhythm, respiration and rhythm, oxygen levels, the amount of anaesthetic in their blood, blood pressure and ECG. We think this additional monitoring is critical to ensure the best outcome for your pet, particularly for senior animals.

Veterinary surgery is about more than just neutering and minor operations for things like removing dew claws. Repairing a damaged cruciate ligament, removing a tumour, pinning a badly broken bone or undertaking gastrointestinal surgery can be very complex.

While there are always risks associated with any surgical procedure, when you choose your vet you want to be confident that they can tackle the hard jobs. At Alpine Animal Doctors we have invested in the most up to date and technologically advanced equipment to ensure that, even during the most arduous and complicated surgery, your furry family will have the best possible chance of a successful outcome and a rapid and full recovery.

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Alpine Animal Doctors
7047 Great Alpine Road
Porepunkah, VIC 3740
PO Box 393, Bright, VIC 3741
Phone: +61 03 5756 2444
Fax: +61 03 5756 2044