Surgery

When the pet you love needs surgery, rest assured that our doctors are extremely well-qualified to perform a wide range of surgical and dental procedures using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment.

Minimally Invasive Surgery at OCVH

In addition to conventional surgery, we are now performing many types of surgeries using laparoscopic techniques that dramatically reduce pain and speed up the recovery process for your pet.  Laparoscopy has been standard practice in human medicine for years, but is only now starting to become available in veterinary medicine.   We are proud to be one of a select few veterinary hospitals in New Jersey to offer this sophisticated and less invasive approach to surgery.

Laparoscopic procedures require one or two tiny (less than one inch) incisions and result in far less tissue damage and internal bruising than traditional surgery.   Smaller incisions and less tissue damage mean less pain, faster healing for your pet along with a reduced chance for post-operative complications.  Imagine having your female cat or dog spayed one day and having her feeling great the next!  Other surgeries that can be performed with the assistance of minimally invasive techniques at OCVH include gastropexy to prevent bloat (GDV), abdominal organ biopsies and removal of bladder stones.  There are also many other uses of this equipment such as evaluating ear and nasal diseases.

Surgeries routinely performed at OCVH
  • Spays and neuters
  • Gastropexy
  • Soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, including cruciate repairs
  • Obstetrics
  • Declaws
  • Mass removal
  • Cystotomy (bladder stones)
  • Gastrotomy (foreign body removal)
  • Third eyelid eversion (cherry eye) repair

 Click here to find out what you should ask about your pet's upcoming spay or neuter surgery.  


Client Testimonial:

"As a urologist who frequently performs minimally invasive surgery, I am well aware of the benefits these procedures can offer over traditional open surgery. When it came time to spay our dog, my wife and I sought laparoscopic ovariectomy for her because we wanted her to have the least amount of tissue trauma and pain and the fastest recovery possible. After speaking with several veterinarians who perform laparoscopic spays, I chose Dr. Warren Briggs because I felt he had the highest level of surgical expertise and experience with this procedure. In addition to being a highly skilled surgeon, Dr. Briggs had an excellent “crateside” manner with our dog and her human parents and a genuine enthusiasm for his work. When we picked up our dog in the afternoon, she jumped up to greet us, went for a walk, and leaped into the car for the trip home. At home, she brought us her tennis balls and attempted to engage us in games of fetch. She did not need an Elizabethan collar nor were there any exercise restrictions after the first day. By the next day, she was happily running and fetching as if nothing had happened to her. I highly recommend Dr. Briggs and the staff of OCVH to anyone who seeks a minimally invasive and more humane approach to spaying."

--David C. Saypol, M.D., F.A.C.S.

"We had our Crushy Lap Spayed yesterday.I wanted to pop on here to let everyone know how amazing this surgery is. If you are even considering the lap say, I highly recommend it. We saved and saved and asked for money instead of presents from family for Christmas, Birthdays, etc for this surgery and it was worth every sacrifice we made. Although Crushy was very groggy after the surgery she went home hours after we dropped her off, and I cant even find the small incision. Last night after the meds wore off she was completely back to normal, and in NO PAIN! No cone of shame, no restrictions...AMAZING!!! Today you would not even know she had surgery yesterday. Thank you Dr. Briggs and staff for all you do and for performing this amazing lap spay."

-Kristen Emma