Global Veterinary Specialist | Surgery, Specialists, Science, Service & Symposia

Global Veterinary Specialists

Surgery, Specialists, Science, Service & Symposia

What to expect after surgery

You will be a member of your pet’s health care team. Your part at home is not difficult – it just takes compliance and diligence following the instructions provided.

  • Most THR patients are awake from anesthesia in about 30 minutes.
  • You will receive a call from the surgeon or a staff member after surgery.
  • Your primary care veterinarian will be kept informed.
  • Your companion will receive pain medication to be kept comfortable.
  • Patient care is constant after surgery including through the night.
  • About half of the THR patients are able to go home the day after surgery.
  • Dogs will walk to the car using the new hip with some assistance.
  • You will have the written home care instructions explained at the time of release.
  • Medications directions will be reviewed.
  • A staff member will assist your animal to the car to go home.
  • Stitches are removed 10-14 days after surgery.
  • Radiographic evaluation is done 5-6 weeks after surgery.
  • Annual communication and evaluation should be completed by the surgeon or your veterinarian.

What to expect after surgery

Sadie walking with her assist device (sling) on the morning after surgery.