Now starting with anesthesia. Kylie is being an amazing patient for us through this whole surgery.
In the following pictures you see our intubation process. All animals are intubated for surgery so that their airway is protected and so that we can give positive pressure ventilation for the safest anesthesia.
After intubated we then hook up Kylie to our ADS machine for positive pressure ventilation (which will breathe for her while sedated and control the amount of isoflurane gas anesthesia she gets), SPO2, and EKG to monitor her vitals. Also while sedated Kylie is unable to blink to produce tears so we apply artifial tears to both eyes while sedated to keep lubricated.
- Now surgery has started by placing a sterile field over the area where the doctor will make the incision.
- Then the abdomen is opened.
- The uterus and ovaries are identified and removed.
- The suture used in the abdomen is absorbable.
- The doctor is then careful to check for any areas of bleeding or abnormalities.
- Then the abdomen is clothes with three layers (the abdominal wall, the subcutaneous area, and skin).
- During this time the anesthesia/Surgical tech is carefully monitoring the patient’s vitals.