Traditional Surgery

In addition to laser surgery, we also perform a wide variety of traditional surgery.


Surgical services available at St. James Veterinary Medical Center include:

  • Routine spays and neuters
  • Elective and emergency soft tissue surgeries
  • Orthopedic surgery


Pre-anesthetic laboratory workup

We recommend an EKG and a blood profile prior to general anesthesia for your pet. This gives us a picture of the general health of your pet and is designed to pick up problems not evident on an external physical examination. If there is some internal problem that may pose a threat to your pet during anesthesia, we want to know about it before the anesthetic is given, not after!



We have a wide variety of anesthetics available to maximize the safety of anesthesia for your pet, including Propofol and Sevoflurane. With the help of pre-anesthetic laboratory testing, the anesthetic protocol is adjusted to the individual needs and requirements of your pet.



All pets undergoing anesthesia and surgery are monitored by state-of-the-art vital signs monitors, which measure pulse oximetry (percent oxygen saturation of hemoglobin in the red blood cells), respiration, heart rate and temperature. Each pet is also closely monitored by a highly trained veterinary technician during surgery and recovery.


Pain Control

At St. James Veterinary Medical Center, we are committed to making sure your pet is as pain-free as possible. All pets undergoing surgery receive pain control both during and after their procedures. Pets whose pain is minimized have been shown to heal faster and have less complications than pets without pain control.



Do not give any “people pain medicine” to your pet following a surgery! Human pain medication can be poisonous or can cause fatal bleeding in your pet! If your pet is on any pain medication, such as medication for arthritic pain, please let us know before the surgery.


Referral Surgery

Complex surgeries can be referred to one of several surgical specialists.


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