Renowned Surgery Options From Your Hometown Vet Specialty Hospital

At some time in their life, your pet will find themselves on the operating table. Whether they’re undergoing a simple spay or neuter as a kitten or pup, or facing a complex orthopedic procedure later in life to correct a debilitating genetic condition, we know you can’t relax until your pet is home safe and sound with you.

The surgical staff at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in Glen Carbon is recognized across southern Illinois and the St. Louis region not only for the advanced surgical procedures we offer, but also for our focus on your pet’s safety and comfort from pre-op through post-op. Because of our state-of-the-art surgical facilities and expert medical team led by Dr. Paul Myer, Hawthorne has become the top referral pet surgery center in Madison and St. Clair counties, securing the trust of our fellow vets and our fellow pet parents.

In addition to routine surgeries, including spays and neuters, our advanced dog and cat surgery procedures include:

  • Laparotomy (abdominal surgery)
  • Cystotomy (bladder surgery)
  • Tumor removals
  • Cranial cruciate repair (CCL) for ruptured ligaments
  • Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) knee surgery
  • Gastropexy for torsion and bloat
  • Perineal urethrostomy to treat urinary blockage
  • Advanced orthopedics
  • Dental surgery

Hawthorne’s veterinarians are renowned experts in cutting-edge scoping capabilities that make some surgeries less invasive, reducing a pet’s post-op pain level and their recovery time. We also offer laser therapy to stimulate cell growth to promote faster healing and alleviate pain. Laser therapy is often used for arthritic patients, patients that have open wounds, and patients that have just come out of surgery, such as CCL repair, to reduce their inflammation and improve mobility.

The Hawthorne Difference - Enhanced Pet Safety Before, During and After Surgery

Every pet surgery clinic offers services to lower a pet’s risk of surgical complications, especially those in regards to anesthesia. But Hawthorne’s medical team goes above and beyond to protect your pet’s health at every step with advanced monitoring technology and 24/7 ICU care you won’t find anywhere else in the Metro East. While many of these safety measures are optional at other clinics, we put each one of them into action to mitigate any risk for your pet—because when it comes to their care, cutting corners isn’t an option.

  • All pets undergo mandated pre-surgery bloodwork to ensure their organs are healthy enough to handle anesthesia.
  • Your pet will receive medication when they arrive at Hawthorne to keep them calm while waiting for surgery and smoothly transition them into induction. You won’t have to worry about your pet being frightened without you by their side.
  • An IV catheter will be inserted to administer fluids before, during and after surgery to help maintain your pet’s blood pressure and supply oxygen and nutrients to the kidneys.
  • Your pet is provided constant oxygen saturation, and their blood pressure, temperature, heart rate, and CO2 level will be constantly monitored by a surgical technician and a Doppler monitor to identify any anesthesia issues before they become problems. Most vet clinics only monitor a pet’s heart rate and oxygen levels.
  • A heated blanket, or Bair Hugger, and heated surgical table maintain the patient’s body temperature and aid in a faster recovery.
  • Your pet’s technician will ensure they recover from anesthesia properly before moving on to any other patients.
  • Instead of leaving your pet unattended in their cage until you pick them up, the Hawthorne staff will monitor your pet on an hourly basis after surgery—even overnight—to keep an eye out for any complications.
  • You will be provided with pain medications and thorough instructions for post-op care at home to aid in your pet’s recovery.

After recuperating with us for most of the day, routine surgery patients typically go home that same day. More complex or invasive cases stay in our ICU with 24-hour care provided by our staff of four technicians and on-site veterinarian.

At Hawthorne, we understand a surgery should never be more dangerous than the condition it’s treating. That’s why we do everything possible to protect your pet’s well-being and reduce your fear while they’re in our care.