Frequently Asked Questions
Every day at Care Center there are scheduled procedures as well as emergencies that require our doctors’ expertise. As a result, we may not know each day’s schedule until that morning. We can say that if your pet is scheduled for a procedure on that day, it will get done that day (with very rare exceptions). The specialist will call you when the procedure is completed, so please let us know how we can best reach you. He or she will also discuss with you the plan for your pet’s remaining hospitalization, including care and length of stay. In most cases, your pet will not need to stay more than one night or will have minimal hospitalization.
You are welcome to stay; however, we do not recommend it for several reasons, primarily because of the timing issues discussed above. We also do not recommend visiting your pet within a few hours of the procedure. Your pet will be groggy from anesthesia, and your presence may go un-appreciated or, in some cases, cause your disoriented friend to become agitated. We suggest that you stay comfortable at home while we make sure your pet is comfortable with us.
The American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) has a very helpful website offering descriptions of many of the common conditions interventional radiology is used for and associated procedures: http://www.acvr.org/page/interventional-radiologyM
Interventional radiology (IR) is a subspecialty of radiology in which advanced imaging techniques, such as ultrasound and fluoroscopy (continuous x-ray) are used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. IR has been successfully utilized in human healthcare for many years. This minimally invasive approach has key advantages over traditional surgery and therapies, including in most cases less anesthesia, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, decreased pain, and better outcomes. Only a few specialty practices in the nation have the equipment and highly trained medical team required to successfully perform IR procedures. At Care Center, our Interventional Radiology Department includes a team of specialists in internal medicine, surgery, and cardiology. We offer the following IR procedures:
- Fluoroscopy - swallow studies, tracheal collapse, and additional therapeutic uses
- Pacemaker implantation
- Balloon valvuloplasty for pulmonic stenosis
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
- Heartworm extraction
- Bladder tumors in dogs or cats that involve the ureterovesicular junction
- Subcutaneous Ureteral Bypass device (SUB) for ureteral obstructions in cats
- Urethral stents for urethral neoplasia, strictures, or benign obstructive urethritis
- Tracheal stents for collapsing trachea and tracheal strictures
- Ureteral stents for ureteral obstruction in dogs
- Nasopharyngeal stenting
- Esophageal and colonic ballooning for both neoplastic and benign strictures
Please click on the links below to download and print the PDF.
- Feline Subcutaneous Ureteral Bypass (SUB).pdf
- Canine Permanent Pacemaker Implantation.pdf
- Urethral Stent.pdf
All interventional procedures are done at our Cincinnati location. Many of these procedures can be done on an outpatient basis or with minimal hospitalization.