Vernon Hills Animal Hospital

1260 South Butterfield
Mundelein, IL 60060


General Surgery

Vernon Hills Animal Hospital serving Lake County including Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Hawthorn Woods,  and Long Grove.

We do lots of different kinds of surgery here at Vernon Hills Animal Hospital, from repairing a simple laceration to exploratory abdominal surgery, and from lump removal to knee surgery. Surgical procedures are done using sterile technique, which means that we use a sterile instrument pack and a sterile cap, gown, and gloves. The patient is clipped, prepped with surgical scrub, and covered with a sterile drape. This technique is used for the same reason that a human hospital uses it -- it helps ensure that your pet will not be exposed to harmful bacteria which could cause an infection.

We use the most effective and safe anesthetic possible. The anesthetic gas we use is called Sevoflurane. It is exhaled rather than metabolized, which allows your pet wake up quickly and helps prevent "hangover". We monitor your pet's vital signs during anesthesia (see below). The respiratory rate, heart rate, electrocardiogram, oxygen in the blood, CO2, blood pressure and temperature are monitored using several different kinds of instruments. This helps us adjust the level of anesthesia so that we don't give too little or too much.

After surgery your pet will receive an injection for pain, and/or will be sent home with pain medication. Dogs and cats will recover more quickly if they are happy and comfortable.

During surgery our patients are connected to a VMED Surgical Monitor.  This device continuously reads and records the animal's heart rate, electrocardiogram, respiratory rate, serum oxygen level, CO2 levels at both inspiration and expiration, blood pressure and temperature.  It transmits the data to a flat screen display using Bluetooth technology so the surgeon can see everything at a glance.  This allows us to monitor and adjust the level of anesthesia based on the procedure and the patient's condition.

The photo shows the actual readout from an anesthetized patient.     

Our VMed Anesthetic Monitor gives us vital information about your pet during anesthesia