• Dr. Greg M. Griffin, MVB, MRCVS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ECVS
• Dr. Rochelle B. Anderson, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
What to expect from your pet’s visit
Routinely performed orthopedic and general surgical procedures at our clinic
General principles of surgical oncology
Routinely performed surgical oncology procedures
In the surgery department at The Regional Veterinary Referral Center, we believe in providing care of the highest standard for our surgical patients. It is also important that the pet owners are well-informed and comfortable with the treatment and decisions regarding the surgical procedure their pet may require.
All the staff members in our hospital are caring and compassionate, making the stay in the hospital as comfortable as possible for both your pet and you. During the initial consultation, your pet will be examined by one of our board certified surgeons. The examination will be followed by a discussion about your pet’s problem and the surgical treatment; this will allow us to make a decision together as to what is best for your pet.
- Support the veterinarians in the Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland area through a team approach to referral surgery including pre and post operative care.
- To provide state-of-the-art surgical care for all our patients.
- To serve as a referral center for the treatment of cancer in pets. To this end, we work as a team with our medical and radiation oncologist to plan the best available combination of treatments for our patients.
Surgery, if indicated, is usually performed the same day. Expected costs, risks, possible complications and prognosis will be discussed with you prior to surgery. After surgery, you will be contacted by the surgeon to discuss the surgical findings and how your pet is recovering from the procedure. Your referring veterinarian will be contacted with an update on your pet’s progress.
At discharge from the hospital, both you and your referring veterinarian will receive a copy of the discharge instructions and referral letter. Your veterinarian will also be mailed digital photos of the surgical procedure for their records. Follow-up visits are either with the surgeon, referring veterinarian or both.
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- Total hip replacements
- Fracture repairs, using plating, pinning and external skeletal fixation
- Arthroscopic joint surgery
- Cranial cruciate ligament repair, extra-capsular techniques, tibial plateau
leveling osteotomy (TPLO) and tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA).
- Other orthopedic procedures
- Neurosurgery for intervertebral disc
- Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery
- Thoracic surgery
- Gastrointestinal surgery
- Hernia repairs
- Urinary tract surgery
- Upper respiratory tract surgery
Cancer in pets traditionally evokes thoughts of a terminal untreatable disease. However advances in veterinary surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy allow excellent care and hope for pets with cancer. Through our team approach to cancer treatment we can achieve a cure in many patients and marked improvement in quality and quantity of life in most others. Early detection and aggressive therapy is the key. At the Regional Veterinary Referral Center we can achieve “clean margins” (complete removal of the tumor, including microscopic portions), and subsequently cure the local disease in 95% of our surgical patients.
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- Pre-surgical biopsy to determine the prognosis and the surgical dose required for cure.
- Complete staging of the patient using radiography, lymph node biopsy and other imaging. We have a CT scan in house which helps us to better determine the extent of local disease.
- Aggressive surgery using the appropriate dose. Dr. Griffin, Dr. Anderson and Dr. Talaat's experience in surgical oncology allow a cure of local disease in many patients without being overly aggressive, thereby reducing post-operative complications.
- Marking and assessing surgical margins. This is the best predictor of local recurrence of the tumor and helps determine if radiation therapy or further surgery is needed. We achieve clean surgical margins in 95% of patients on which we operate.
- Radiation therapy or repeat surgery if margins are incomplete. We have a linear accelerator at our hospital for performing radiation therapy with minimal side effects.
- Chemotherapy for potential metastatic lesions. We have a medical oncologist and an internist with a special interest in oncology who can help your pet with chemotherapy if needed.
- Wide excision of feline vaccine associated sarcomas.
- Canine soft tissue sarcoma removals.
- Limb-salvage surgery for osteosarcoma in cases that would otherwise require amputation.
- Thoracotomy for lung tumors.
- Abdominal tumor removals.
- Maxillectomy and mandibulectomy for tumors of the oral cavity.
- Perianal tumor removals.
- Skin and muscle tumor removals, including skin flap or skin graft for wound reconstruction.
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Dr. Anderson graduated from the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. As a student she received an award from ACVS for proficiency in surgery and was president of SCAVMA. She then completed an internship in large animal surgery at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2002, she completed an internship in small animal surgery at Veterinary Specialists of Rochester. Dr. Anderson completed her residency in small animal surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. In early 2006, she passed her ACVS board certification examination. She has authored several journal articles, the most recent of which deals with prognostic factors for successful outcomes for patients with urethral rupture.
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