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Operating Theatres

operating theatresGordon Vet Hospital is fortunate to have the space for 2 operating theatres. This allows one of our theatres to be reserved for orthopaedic procedures such as fracture repairs and cruciate ligament repairs (a common injury in the hindlimb of dogs). The other room can then be used for soft tissue surgery, including desexing operations, lump removals and gastrointestinal surgery (eg surgical retrieval of foreign objects from the bowel that have been inadvertently swallowed). All of our vets are qualified and have at least 10 years experience in surgery, operating from Monday to Friday. The weekend is mainly reserved for emergency surgery if needed.

Dr Chris Boulton has extra surgical training and is a Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in this field (MACVSc) which allows him to perform some of the more complex reconstructive and orthopaedic procedures. For this reason, he is especially involved in trauma cases.

While animals are under an anaesthetic, their body heat is lost more easily and hypothermia can occur if not actively prevented. To stop this from happening, we have installed heated thermostat-regulated surgical tables and for animals undergoing a long procedure, we have a heat bed the animal can lie in while being operated on. This is an inflatable bed that hot air is blown into which then surrounds the animal while the patient is on the table. It has been scientifically proven to reduce the onset of hypothermia during surgery. The temperature is regularly checked by the theatre nurse.

The operating theatres are fully equipped with advanced monitoring equipment alerting us of problems early so they can be corrected immediately (oxygen saturation, blood pressure & carbon dioxide levels). A trained theatre nurse closely monitors the heart rate, breathing and depth of anaesthesia.

Adjoining the 2 operating theatres is a surgical preparation area where the vet will “scrub up” for 10 minutes for sterile surgery. This is a systemic cleaning process with an antiseptic for the hands and arms of the surgeon. This procedure dramatically reduces the incidence of post-operative infections. All long or major surgery, especially those involving bones, joints or the abdominal cavity require the vet to “gown up” (wear a sterile surgical gown). All surgeons were a surgical hat, mask and gloves to further improve the barrier to infection.

The autoclave is used to sterilise the instruments for surgery so that every patient has an individual sterile surgical kit.

The extra measures taken to protect your pet gives the best results and lowest rate of complication rate. We are happy to use our resources to constantly upgrade the equipment here, ensuring an exceptional standard of care for patients undergoing surgery.

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Gordon Vet Hospital
4.8
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Marianne Broeng
Marianne Broeng
23:23 28 Jan 20
Gordon Vet has looked after my golden retriever since she was 9 weeks. Everyone has been amazing and caring with lots of experience. I have been able to ask any questions and always been welcome. Even one day when she stepped on a bee in the evening, they stayed open until we got there and helped her get it out. Thanks to all the staff :-)
Lizzie Wei
Lizzie Wei
00:56 18 Jan 20
We just moved to Gordon couple month ago and need to get my cat vaccinated. We found this hospital through google and I need to say they provide excellent service and very professional! The doctor really knows cat. Highly recommended!
Lara Bisley
Lara Bisley
08:15 27 Nov 19
Exceptional veterinary hospital. I have been taking my dog here for many years and although I now live in the Eastern Suburbs, I still drive across town to see the Vets at Gordon. The staff are highly skilled, compassionate, friendly and helpful. My 9 year old dog has had 2 knee operations (1 on each knee!) and the outcome of these surgeries far exceeded my expectations. I have been incredibly impressed with the care provided during all of our visits. I would highly recommend Gordon Vet Hospital.
Jennie Keogh
Jennie Keogh
06:36 21 Oct 19
Fantastic and friendly staff who you can tell really care about your pet. Their follow up service is also very reassuring. I also board my cat with Gordon Vet and I feel very comfortable to know he's in safe and caring hands. I'm so glad I found this clinic.
Luxe Sydney Mum
Luxe Sydney Mum
06:37 02 Sep 19
Compassionate, caring and highly skilled veterinary surgeons who treat their patients and owners with respect. The nursing and administration staff are efficient and remember their patients by name which is a lovely touch. A lovely vet practice which despite our Golden Retriever Finn’s complex medical history, is always welcoming to him and he never displays any signs of anxiety when attending. Dr Helen is lovely and a firm favourite of ours!
Lihong Xing
Lihong Xing
05:00 05 Nov 18
Highly recommend Dr David, Scott, Helen, and Catherine, I've taken my cat to see all the doctors here.
Jeremy Tarbox
Jeremy Tarbox
22:55 10 Sep 18
We found a stray, agitated dog in front of our house last night. We phoned but got no help from the Council ranger who gave two options: tie him up in front yard overnight or "let him loose, he'll find his own way home" :( So we phoned Gordon Vet: they stayed open a few minutes so we could run him up and he could have a bed and dinner. Thank you Gordon Vet Hospital, hope he gets home soon!!! :)
Vishal Kapoor
Vishal Kapoor
01:52 04 Sep 18
Really amazing staff members. Their systems and processes are also very
Gerry Stevens
Gerry Stevens
11:01 14 Jul 18
Good competant vet. Did what I needed. Staff friendly. Cat's well.
Arezu A
Arezu A
03:20 15 Feb 18
Absolutely love the service here. I switched from other Vets to this Vet as the staff here are quite attentive and really care about your furry baby! I have basically seen most of the Dr's here and all of them so far have been fantastic, friendly and fun to speak with! Easy to locate and enough parking available! 5 Stars indeed!
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