I have discussed the aforementioned procedure with my veterinarian and understand the risks and complications associated with the procedure, including anesthetic risks. I understand that the attending veterinarian is in charge of the overall anesthetic plan for my pet. I have discussed with my veterinarian the importance of pre-operative lab work as well as other potential diagnostics needed in cases of cancer or trauma. I understand that the attending veterinarian and veterinary staff are in charge of the care of my pet prior to Dr. Moorer's arrival and after his departure from the hospital.
Surgical risks and complications vary based on the specific procedure. Below are listed common risks: 1. Infection of the surgical site: Depending on the severity, this may require additional testing and medications. In some cases, this may require removal of the implants placed at the time of surgery. These are at an additional cost. 2. Hemorrhage at the time of surgery or bruising after surgery. 3. Swelling or edema. In surgery of the knee, it is not uncommon for there to be swelling around the ankle 3-4 days after surgery, as the swelling from around the knee travels down the leg due to gravity. 4. Implant failure of breakage (depending on the type of surgery performed This may require revision surgery at an additional cost.
I understand that strict adherence to the post-operative instructions is imperative to the healing of my pet. My pet will need to be under exercise restriction until released by Dr. Moorer or my veterinarian. The length of the restriction will depend on the procedure performed. I understand that my pet must wear an e-collar to prevent self-trauma to the incision which may predispose to incisional dehiscence or infection of the surgical site.
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