Friendship Surgical Services
Friendship Hospital for Animals offers three surgical services in order to provide a full scope of surgical options to our clients and their loved ones. All three surgical services are headed by Dr. Mathieu Glassman VMD, DACVS, who is a board certified veterinary surgeon, and Chief of Surgery at Friendship.
Friendship Surgical Specialists - Animals with surgical problems that require the expertise of a Board Certified Veterinary Surgeon are examined and treated by Friendship Surgical Specialists (FSS) - Friendship Hospital for Animals’ in-house specialty surgery service.
Surgeries offered by FSS include (Click here to find a comprehensive list)
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Oncological and Reconstructive Surgery
- Soft Tissue Surgery
- Abdominal Surgery
Friendship’s General Surgery Service - Friendship’s General Surgery Service treats many of the more common surgical problems, performs preventative/elective surgical procedures (such as spays, neuters, prophylactic gastropexy and airway relief surgeries), diagnostic surgical procedures (biopsies and mass removals), and many urgent surgical problems.
Surgeries offered by Friendship’s General Surgery Service include
- Elective surgery (spays and neuters)
- Prophylactic surgery
- Supportive Surgery (feeding tubes)
- Diagnostic Surgery (abdominal and dermal biopsies)
- Urgent Surgery (abdominal surgery and laceration repair)
Friendship’s Emergency Surgery Service - The emergency surgical service, in conjunction with Friendship’s 24 hour urgent care service, provides 24 hour emergency surgical care for the Washington DC area pet loving public.
- Surgeries offered by the Emergency Surgical Service include
- Gastric dilatation and volvulus (Bloat)
- Emergency Gastrointestinal Procedures (foreign body surgery and bleeding abdominal tumor removal)
- Complex Emergency Wound Repair
All three services are comprised of veterinarians and support staff, who are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care available. Friendship surgery’s team oriented approach to veterinary surgical care ensures that your pet will receive the highest quality of care possible. This quality of care is maintained through communication, continuing education and training, latest surgical tools available, and dedication to owners and animals alike.
We offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. All patients are carefully screened for safety, and anesthetics are specifically tailored to your pet. At Friendship Hospital, pain management is an important part of every surgical intervention.
Surgical services and facilities include: fully trained veterinary and technical staff, to ensure the safest, most efficient, state-of-the-art procedures for your pet; heated surgery tables for greater comfort; advanced sterilization techniques; continuous ECG, direct blood pressure monitoring, and oxygen saturation monitors; 24 hour-intensive care after surgery and full blood testing (performed by our state of the art in-house laboratory). A dedicated and fully trained surgical technician continuously monitors patients during anesthesia until the patient is awake.
Laser therapy is now a standard part of our post-surgery protocol, thanks to its ability to reduce pain and significantly speed the time it takes for incisions to heal. Except in cases where it is contraindicated (such as the removal of suspected cancerous masses), we administer the treatment after every operation performed at the hospital. Patients that have had orthopedic surgery receive at least one additional session, while they are still in the hospital. Click here to find out more about laser therapy.