My female cockatiel, Kiwi, had a hernia and required immediate surgery. Even though they were fully booked, Dr. Sakas’ office squeezed me in right away. Dr. Sakas examined her and scheduled her surgery for the very next day. He was gentle and caring with Kiwi and took great pains to answer all my questions and concerns. Dr. Sakas is one of only four avian vets in or around the Chicago area who even perform surgery on birds, and he has a wonderful reputation; I can certainly see why. Dr. Sakas saved Kiwi from death’s door.
After the surgery, Dr. Sakas spoke to me to tell me that after opening Kiwi up he found her intestines to be discolored, swollen three times the size and all mangled. One of her air sacks had ruptured as well. He admitted that it was one of the worst cases he had seen, but that the surgery was successful. I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult it must be to operate on such a little creature. Three days later, I was able to bring Kiwi home and she is now good as new. I am very impressed with all of the staff at Niles Animal Center, especially the vet tech Debbie. Debbie held and comforted Kiwi while she was recovering after surgery, and kept me updated as to her progress. The staff at Niles seem to love their jobs, and most importantly, seem to love every animal that comes their way.