Penn. Vet Opens Minimally Invasive Surgical Suite

The $750,000 center will be used for treatment as well as teaching new surgical techniques.

Posted: December 17, 2011 8 a.m, EDT

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Located at at the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, the Buerger Family Foundation Surgery Suite includes equipment to allow veterinarians at the hospital to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures.

The suite is the first of its kind in a veterinary teaching hospital to include a comprehensive array of minimally invasive surgical procedures, including:

•    Arthroscopy

•    Laparoscopy

•    Thoracoscopy

•    Interventional radiology

•    Interventional endoscopy

•    Minimally invasive fracture repair

Minimally invasive surgical procedures allow for quicker recovery times, shorter hospital stays and less opportunity for post-surgery infection, the school says.

“We are proud to be leading the charge in these specialized procedures,” says Lillian R. Aronson, VMD, chief of surgery at Ryan Hospital. “Not only will the tools and equipment in this amazing facility allow us to better prepare the next generation of vets with these specialized skills, we will now be capable of providing our clients an option for less-invasive, less painful surgeries for their beloved pets.”

Equipment in the suite is state of the art and transmits information from various video and data sources and routes it to multiple locations both inside and outside the operating room. The surgical cameras, C-Arm fluoroscope, picture archiving and communication system, Internet images and network data can be sent to any of the six displays within the suite, as well as to a display in an observation area outside the suite.

The suite’s video conference capability allows surgical images to be sent anywhere in real-time for collaboration with referring veterinarians, sharing information with colleagues on either of Penn Vet’s campuses, or for use in the classroom. Images can also be recorded as video or still images.

The school’s Shelter Animal Medicine Program will also use the suite to perform minimally invasive spays and neuters of shelter animals.

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