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Friendship’s General Surgery Service

Friendship’s General Surgery Service operates on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. The General Surgery Service is overseen by Dr. Mathieu Glassman VMD, Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. The General Surgery Service performs all elective procedures at Friendship hospital, including spays and neuters, mass biopsies and removals and many urgent surgical procedures. Urgent surgical procedures include, urinary obstruction surgeries, abdominal biopsies, wound care and closure and feeding tube placements among many other procedures. Friendship General Surgery also performs many preventative surgical procedures in young animals, such as prophylactic gastropexy, bulldog airway surgery and other procedures to maintain your pets health and prevent the occurrence of common life-threatening or emergent problems in the future.

Friendship’s general surgery service takes great pride in providing the same pre-operative planning, surgical care and consideration, anesthetic monitoring and pain control as our specialty surgical division. We take every precaution to minimize any anesthetic risk and avoid surgical related problems.

All surgeries include pre-surgical blood work, endotracheal intubation, carbon dioxide monitoring, blood oxygenation monitoring, intra-operative temperature monitoring, blood pressure monitoring and electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring. These procedures help to identify any anomalies immediately, so that they can be addressed before they become problems. Surgical patients recover in Washington DC’s only 24 hour, fully staffed emergency hospital. Senior surgical staff are either at the hospital or on 24-hour call, should there be any questions with your pet’s recovery while in the hospital.

Friendship’s general surgery service has also earned the trust of many local animal hospitals, earning referrals from these hospitals when confronted with cases that call for increased intra-operative and post-operative monitoring and supportive care.

Please see the information below regarding

Surgical Admissions

  • All surgical candidates are evaluated by a General Surgeon or FHA primary care doctor prior to surgical admission (pre-surgical consult)
  • Presurgical bloodwork is required for all anesthetic patients
  • Consent forms must be signed prior to surgery
  • No food after 8PM the night before surgery (water is ok)
  • Arrive at the hospital by 8:30 the morning of surgery. Drop off the prior evening at no charge if this is more convenient.
  • Provide us with accurate contact information for a responsible party available throughout the day
  • At admission, a doctor will discuss with you your pet’s procedure—risks, possible complications, recovery—and answer any of your questions
  • If you would like to spend additional time with the surgeon you may schedule a pre-surgical consult with the surgeon prior to the day of the procedure.

During the Day

  • It is generally difficult to give you a specific time for your pet’s surgery. Scheduled surgeries are not performed based on the order of check-in but on the procedures being performed that day.
  • Feel free to call during the day to check on your companion’s surgical and recovery status. Your pet will be assigned a technician who can update you regularly. Your veterinarian should call you with a full status report by the end of the day.

After Surgery

  • Follow your discharging veterinarian’s instructions
  • Monitor your pets incision for swelling, heat, pain, discharge and redness
  • Monitor your pet’s appetite
  • Maintain bandages and administer medications as instructed
  • Return for follow-up as directed