Sep 05, 2009
Do you know the most common procedures surgeons perform? I just tried to find the answer.
Who cares? For one, I was just curious.
More importantly though, it could possibly make readers aware of what is truly common, and even better, what could be avoided. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of information.
Finally, it would give interested readers some insight about what happens inside a surgical practice.
Here are the top 5:
1. ACL surgery
2. Abdominal surgery
3. Skin tumor removal
5. Luxations (dislocations)
So there you go. The top 5 are probably fairly representative of most surgery clinics.
Other common surgeries would include laryngeal paralysis, “brachycephalic syndrome” surgery (in dogs with a flat face such as the Bulldog), P/U or perineal urethrostomy in cats who cannot pee, anal sac tumor removal, back surgery for a slipped disc.
The list could go on.
Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS
Pet surgeon and author of a free, weekly newsletter for true pet lovers, available at DrPhilZeltzman.com