Slide A Cut Above The surgeon at BSVESS, Dr. Faulkner Besancon, is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). The surgery service offers a broad range of procedures from life-saving emergency surgeries to extensive orthopedic repairs and delicate soft tissue procedures. Through advanced continuing education and extensive professional affiliations, Dr. Besancon keeps abreast of the latest advances in surgical techniques and peri-operative care. He also has access to some of the advanced diagnostics at our sister hospital in Rhode Island (OSVS) and often collaborates with the surgical team at that facility.
The surgery department is committed to the safest possible surgery for your pet. Thorough pre-operative evaluation, including an in-depth evaluation and the opportunity for consultation with the in-house specialists or the large specialty team at OSVS, ensures that every patient has a unique treatment plan to ensure the best possible outcome.

M. FAULKNER BESANCON

DVM, DACVS

BOARD CERTIFIED—SMALL ANIMAL SURGERY

After completing his undergraduate degree in Biology at Northeastern University in 1993 Dr. Besancon attended veterinary school at Iowa State University, completing his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1997. Dr. Besancon then completed a one-year rotating internship in Small animal Medicine and Surgery, and a two year surgical internship in Small Animal Surgery at VCA South Shore in Weymouth, MA. He then returned to Iowa State University for a year-long Orthopedic Fellowship, followed by a 3-year Small Animal Surgical Residency at the University of California-Davis to complete his formal surgical training. In 2005 he completed his board certification, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Specializing in the practice of small animal surgery, Dr. Besancon provides care to pets suffering from a variety of diseases and conditions. He has been trained in and enjoys all aspects of surgery.

In his down time Dr. Besancon enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, along with their Golden retriever. He enjoys golfing, fishing, painting, and spending as much time as possible in the woods of Maine.

 

Soft Tissue Surgery

The board-certified surgeon at BSVESS Veterinary Specialists have completed advanced continuing education in order to remain abreast of the latest advances in soft-tissue surgical techniques and peri-operative care. We work cooperatively with your primary care veterinarian to assess and treat a wide variety of soft-tissue conditions.

Soft tissue surgical procedures performed at BSVESS include, but are not limited to:

  • Upper airway surgery- Brachycephalic syndrome, laryngeal paralysis, tracheostomy, tumor removal, trauma repair, tracheal stenting procedures
  • Abdominal surgery- Gastric dilatation and volvulus repair, bloat, gastrointestinal obstruction (foreign body retrieval), intra-abdominal tumor removal, hernia repair, portosystemic shunt attenuation, bladder stone removal, urethrostomy, stenting procedures, cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal), peritonitis management
  • Thoracic surgery- Cardiovascular problems including patent ductus arteriosus ligation, lung tumor removal, abscess drainage/removal, trauma repair, lung lobe torsion removal
  • Surgery of the skin (tumor removal, management of dermatologic problems) and wound reconstruction (including skin flaps and skin grafts)
  • Ear surgery.

As with all surgeries at BSVESS, soft-tissue surgery patients receive a complete pre-operative assessment; benefits of continuous monitoring equipment, a pro-active, multi-modal approach to pain management; and 24-hour post-operative monitoring and care by our emergency/critical care doctors and highly trained technicians.

BSVESS Veterinary Specialists is committed to providing high quality, specialized pet care. If you believe your pet may benefit from our surgery services, please speak with your family veterinarian about a referral.

Soft Tissue Surgery

The board-certified surgeon at BSVESS Veterinary Specialists have completed advanced continuing education in order to remain abreast of the latest advances in soft-tissue surgical techniques and peri-operative care. We work cooperatively with your primary care veterinarian to assess and treat a wide variety of soft-tissue conditions.

Soft tissue surgical procedures performed at BSVESS include, but are not limited to:

  • Upper airway surgery- Brachycephalic syndrome, laryngeal paralysis, tracheostomy, tumor removal, trauma repair, tracheal stenting procedures
  • Abdominal surgery- Gastric dilatation and volvulus repair, bloat, gastrointestinal obstruction (foreign body retrieval), intra-abdominal tumor removal, hernia repair, portosystemic shunt attenuation, bladder stone removal, urethrostomy, stenting procedures, cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal), peritonitis management
  • Thoracic surgery- Cardiovascular problems including patent ductus arteriosus ligation, lung tumor removal, abscess drainage/removal, trauma repair, lung lobe torsion removal
  • Surgery of the skin (tumor removal, management of dermatologic problems) and wound reconstruction (including skin flaps and skin grafts)
  • Ear surgery.

As with all surgeries at BSVESS, soft-tissue surgery patients receive a complete pre-operative assessment; benefits of continuous monitoring equipment, a pro-active, multi-modal approach to pain management; and 24-hour post-operative monitoring and care by our emergency/critical care doctors and highly trained technicians.

BSVESS Veterinary Specialists is committed to providing high quality, specialized pet care. If you believe your pet may benefit from our surgery services, please speak with your family veterinarian about a referral.

Slide Orthopedic Surgery One of the most common ailments bringing a pet to the veterinary surgeon is lameness. The surgeon uses the latest diagnostic procedures and imaging technology to accurately diagnose the root of any orthopedic issues and to make recommendations for procedures that will provide the most benefit.

Orthopedic surgical procedures performed by the surgeon at BSVESS include, but are not limited to:
  • Fracture repair
  • Joint luxation repair
  • Cranial cruciate ligament repair
    • Tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA)
    • Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)
    • Nylon stabilization
  • Other ligament and tendon stabilization
  • Managing of chronic lameness
  • Developmental or congenital deformity repair
All surgical patients are given a complete pre-operative assessment and receive the benefits of advanced continuous monitoring equipment as well as a multi-modal and pro-active approach to pain management. Post-operative care and monitoring are provided 24 hours a day by our highly trained technicians and emergency/critical care doctors.

Why 24/7 Matters

The staff of BSVESS consists of highly trained technicians and emergency doctors 24 hours per day. Moment-by-moment monitoring of post-operative patients allows us to provide early recognition of pain or complications. The sooner issues are identified and receive treatment, the easier they are resolved and the less likely that they will develop into anything more complicated. The first evening after a surgery is an important one for post-operative patients. Constant nursing care allows the patients to be kept clean, dry, warm, and comfortable as they continue to recover from anesthesia. They may have difficulty during this time in getting up to urinate or drink water. These pets are usually kept on a maintenance level of IV fluid therapy and are assisted in their efforts to urinate or change positions.

Because of our continuous monitoring of patients, BSVESS is able to tailor care to each pet’s specific needs and provide uninterrupted comfort and pain management. Early initiation of surgical incision care and physical therapy within the first 24 to 72 hours shortens recovery time and promotes healing.

Why 24/7 Matters

The staff of BSVESS consists of highly trained technicians and emergency doctors 24 hours per day. Moment-by-moment monitoring of post-operative patients allows us to provide early recognition of pain or complications. The sooner issues are identified and receive treatment, the easier they are resolved and the less likely that they will develop into anything more complicated. The first evening after a surgery is an important one for post-operative patients. Constant nursing care allows the patients to be kept clean, dry, warm, and comfortable as they continue to recover from anesthesia. They may have difficulty during this time in getting up to urinate or drink water. These pets are usually kept on a maintenance level of IV fluid therapy and are assisted in their efforts to urinate or change positions.

Because of our continuous monitoring of patients, BSVESS is able to tailor care to each pet’s specific needs and provide uninterrupted comfort and pain management. Early initiation of surgical incision care and physical therapy within the first 24 to 72 hours shortens recovery time and promotes healing.

Slide Recovery Following surgery, patients are allowed to recover in a warm and quiet environment with careful, continuous monitoring to ensure your pet is as comfortable as possible. It is well known that it is much easier to prevent pets from being in pain than it is to eliminate pain once it has set in. A customized and pro-active approach to managing pain is part of the pre- and post-operative plan for every surgery patient. Our highly trained technicians monitor each pet continuously for any signs of discomfort (learn more about anesthesia and pain management).