What To Expect

Mark Owen

Why has my pet been referred ?

Your companion has been referred to Ossicle Orthopaedics because of the complicated nature of their problem. We have a specific veterinary surgeon who works exclusively in the area your pet has a problem with. Your own veterinary practice has entrusted us to care for your companion to get them up on their feet and enjoying the best quality of life as soon as possible.

What can I expect when I visit Ossicle?

On arrival the reception team may ask you for some paperwork that needs finalising, such as insurance documents and payment details. We understand this may seem a bit formal however, due to our patients travelling for such long distances we feel it is easier for you to complete this information before your consultation rather than afterwards or on collection.

Consultation with the Surgeon

You will then have a consultation with the Vet. This can take up to an hour depending on the complexity of the condition your pet has and what questions you have so please be aware of this.

We allow a lot of time for you to see the vet as we understand putting your companion through surgery is a major decision and so we allow time for you to be fully informed of your options, the outcome you should anticipate and an overview of any possible problems (‘complications’) that could be foreseen.

We do not rush anyone into a choice of surgery therefore if the vet feels your pet is not a suitable candidate for a procedure or you are not ready to make the decision yourself then please do not feel pressured to go ahead.Anaesthesia

If you are going ahead with surgery, then a consent form will need to be signed. The veterinary surgeon will go through this with you at the time of your consultation.

Anaesthesia

All patients will require a general anaesthetic for a surgical procedure. These are monitored and maintained by qualified veterinary nurses and supervised by the veterinary surgeon. We will perform the anaesthesia the same way as in human patients. Placing a intravenous ‘line’ (normally in their front or back legs), giving your pet an anaesthetic injection to make them go sleepy and then placing an tube down their airway to aid their breathing whilst under general anaesthesia.

Surgery

Surgery

Your surgical options will be discussed with you at the time of your consultation. Please ask any question you may have worrying you. It is good to come prepared for the consultation with a list of questions you may want to ask if they have not already been answered during your consultation.

After the procedure

The veterinary surgeon will telephone you once the procedure has taken place and after your companion has woken up from their general anaesthetic. The vet will give you an indication of when your pet may be able to collect but normally you will be asked to call back in a few hours to discuss this with the nursing staff in charge of your pet. Most patients will stay in overnight following their surgery. This is so we can make sure they are comfortable and fully recovered from their anaesthetic.

We have teams of night nurses and night vets to care for your companion overnight.

A discharge appointment will be booked for you so a member of the nursing team can talk through the care instructions with you. Please be aware that this appointment is as important as the initial consultation and may take a little time. Please allow at least thirty minutes for this appointment.