Surgical Equipment For Pet’s Operations And Care

Veterinarians are doctors specializing in the health of animals. They perform surgical operations and care for the well-being of the animal species. One of the basic things veterinarians need in performing operations and treating animals is veterinary instruments. Every veterinarian needs instruments to provide care of their patients. There are basic surgical equipment being used by veterinarians everyday.

Veterinary surgery procedures fall into three broad categories: orthopedics, soft tissue surgery, and neurosurgery. There are also more advanced surgical procedures performed such as joint replacement, fracture repair, oncologic (cancer) surgery, herniated disc treatment, complicated gastrointestinal or urogenital procedures, kidney transplant, skin grafts, and complicated wound management. In veterinary orthopedics the most common problems involve muscles, joints, ligaments and bones. One of the most common surgery in veterinary orthopedics is repairing fractures in animals. When orthopedic surgery is performed on animals, it is done using a highly-specialized set of surgical instruments. The success of the surgery depends greatly on the quality of the instruments used. It is better to purchase high-quality instruments since they provide a better chance of a successful surgery compared to low-quality instruments. Most basic orthopedic surgery kits contain different types and sizes of:

  • Bone Forceps
  • Bone Saws
  • Cast Cutting / Spreading
  • Curettes
  • Elevators
  • Mallets
  • Osteotomes / Chisels
  • Pin Cutters
  • Pliers
  • Rasps / Files
  • Retractors
  • Rongeurs
  • Wire Cutting Scissors
  • Wire Twisters

Soft tissue surgery is performed on the skin, body cavities, cardiovascular system, and GI/urogenital/respiratory tracts as well as disorders involving the ear, nose and throat.. The most common general soft tissue surgery performed are routine neuters, spays, castrations, and minor mass excisions. Some additional procedures performed are endoscopy, cystoscopy, and gastric foreign body removal. The most basic soft tissue surgery kit contains:

  • Cutting instruments
  • Grasping or holding instruments
  • Haemostatic forceps (instruments used to stop blood flow)
  • Retractors
  • Clamps and distractors
  • Accessories and implants

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect any portion of the nervous system which also include the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system. Neurosurgery helps to enhance the quality of life for animal patients suffering from neurological diseases. Neurosurgery instruments should be extremely high quality and high crafted tools since they are used in very delicate parts of the body. Many neurosurgical instruments, include:

  • Chisels
  • Curettes
  • Dissectors
  • Distractors
  • Elevators
  • Forcepts
  • Hooks
  • Impactors
  • Probes
  • Suction tubes
  • Power tools
  • Robots

There are many more surgical procedures performed and instruments used in surgery. The surgical procedures mentioned are the most common performed. No matter what the procedure performed it is important to purchase the best high quality instruments available. The goal of the veterinary surgeon should be the health, comfort, and well being of their patients.