The oft quoted expression "A chance to cut is a chance to cure" resonates deeply. I love the satisfaction of definitive action that saves a life or dramatically alters the course or quality of that patients life. There is however a less often quoted corollary that "A chance to cut is a chance to kill" and this too strikes a chord. In my opinion the duty of the veterinary surgeon is to acknowledge both extremes and educate the client so that together they can weigh the risks and benefits, and make the best possible decisions for the patient.
Another quote that helps to illustrate my approach to surgery is that "It takes five years to learn when to operate and twenty years to learn when not to". My experience in rehab has helped me to find balance in my approach to surgery. When I cut I do so with the belief that what I am doing is in the best interest of the patient, and that the benefits outweigh the risks.
I perform my surgeries on Fridays with the support of the amazing and tolerant surgical staff at HousePaws,