An in-depth account of your pet’s problem will be reviewed and a full examination will be performed. This includes a neurological examination which evaluates the brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles.
Diagnostics: Many of the conditions evaluated by a neurologist require advanced imaging. For the majority of neurological conditions, this is the only way to diagnose your pet’s condition. Southeast Veterinary Neurology is equipped with the latest diagnostic technologies to accurately and appropriately manage your pet’s condition. Dr. Wong may recommend some of the following tests:
- MRI—Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- CT—Cat Scan
- Spinal radiography (X-rays)
- CSF analysis (spinal fluid analysis)
- Electrodiagnostic studies
- Nerve conduction studies
- BAER—hearing tests
Surgery: Many neurological conditions require surgery for the best possible outcome. A Carl Zeiss neurosurgical operating microscope is used for all neurosurgical procedures. This equipment provides better visualization and magnification when compared to surgical loupes or the ‘naked eye’.
Neurosurgical procedures performed 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
This is an intra-operative video of Dr. Wong removing a slipped disk. The video is made through our operating microscope, which aids in visualization and magnification. The slipped disk is in the middle of the screen and is compressing the spinal cord. Notice how after removal of the disk, the spinal cord assumes a more normal appearance.