Same-Day Orthopedic Surgery

Veterinary Surgeons • Veterinary Specialists

Surgery at Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral in Knoxville, TN

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Entrust your pet’s health to the talented and caring staff at Blackford Veterinary Surgery Referral. Most of the surgeries we perform are done on an outpatient basis. One of our ACVS Surgeons will examine your pet at the scheduled appointment time and determine the diagnosis and surgical options. If surgery is necessary, it can be performed the same day, if scheduled. Most of our patients are sent home the same day of surgery, but it is also an option for your pet to stay the night with us or with your regular veterinarian.

Preparing Your Pet for Surgery

Medical History
If your regular veterinarian has done recent bloodwork or X-rays, our ACVS Surgeons will want to review those. Please either bring them with you or have your regular vet forward them to us at A detailed medical history is needed if your pet has been treated for several problems.

Do not give your pet anything containing aspirin or fish oil 7 days prior to surgery. We prefer anti-inflammatories (Rimadyl, Etogesic, Deramaxx, Previcox) are not given 4 days prior to surgery. Please call our office at (865) 670-9185 if you have any specific questions about your pet’s medications prior to surgery.

The Day Before Surgery
Do not feed your pet after 9 p.m. or give your pet water after midnight on the night before surgery. These instructions may be altered for very young animals less than 3 months. If you own a bulldog, please call for detailed instructions. Please call our office at (865) 670-9185 if you have any specific questions about your pet’s diet the day before surgery.


It is our policy to be straightforward in discussing fees and services. You will be provided with an estimate prior to your pet’s admission into the hospital. The cost for specialized services may be greater than previous veterinary bills for routine health care. If there is a financial concern, please notify us in advance, as we do not wish to create any hardship for you. We do accept payment with cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. For people without major credit cards, we also offer CareCredit and Paymentbanc. To see if you qualify go to or call 1-800-859-9975. A deposit of half the estimate will be required at the time of admission. The remainder of the bill is due when you pick up your pet.

Please obtain a referral from your primary care veterinarian to make an appointment with our veterinary specialists. For questions regarding surgery, please contact us!