Our 5-year-old chiweenie (part dachshund, part chihuahua), Zoey, had ventral slot surgery in January 2016 for a large mineralized disc extrusion between her C2 and C3 vertebrae. It was heartbreaking to see her in such intolerable pain.
We can’t say enough about the staff at BluePearl in Louisville. They helped us make some hard decisions concerning Zoey’s care. Dr. Smock was incredibly comforting and compassionate. Zoey’s surgeon, Dr. Hodshon, kept me informed every step of the way while Zoey was being prepped for surgery and when she was in recovery. After surgery, I was kept updated on Zoey’s progress by her doctors and surgeon. Dr. Smith treated our little girl like she was her own. It really helped when we would leave and go home without Zoey, knowing she was with such caring doctors and staff. Dr. Schmidtchen was simply amazing, and she reassured and informed us concerning Zoey’s pain management before and after surgery. Dr. Schmidtchen also did several acupuncture sessions with our girl, and it made Zoey’s pain so much more manageable.
All the doctors and staff were professional, but still very warm and caring. That helped us get through a very tough time.
We are about 7 weeks post-op now, and Zoey is doing great. She really doesn’t show any signs of having IVDD. We are incredibly grateful! We can’t thank BluePearl enough for restoring our girl to health.
Melissa & Tim Rumsey