Diagnostics and Surgery
At Southeast Veterinary Neurology, our specialists use the most advanced diagnostic and surgical equipment to treat our patients' neurologic conditions. First, we conduct an in-depth account of each pet’s problem and perform a full examination. This includes a neurological examination where we evaluate the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles. After the exam, we will need to perform various tests in order to make the most accurate diagnosis possible.
Many of the conditions we evaluate require advanced imaging. For the majority of neurological conditions, this is the only way for us to diagnose our patients. We may recommend the following tests:
- MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- CT – Cat Scan
- Spinal radiography (X-rays)
- CSF analysis (spinal fluid analysis)
- Electrodiagnostic studies
- EMG – electromyography
- Nerve conduction studies
- BAER – hearing tests
Many neurological conditions require surgery for the best possible outcome. We use a Carl Zeiss neurosurgical operating microscope for all neurosurgical procedures. This equipment provides better visualization and magnification compared to surgical loupes or the naked eye.
Some of the neurosurgical procedures we perform at Southeast Veterinary Neurology include:
- Spinal surgery: intervertebral disc surgery, stabilizations (atlantoaxial, lumbosacral, fracture), cyst resection, tumor removal
- Brain surgery: tumor removal and biopsy, foramen magnum decompression, V-P shunt placement
- Nerve and muscle biopsy