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Dennis Socha

DVM (Practice Limited to Surgery)
Dennis Socha
Availability: Monday - Thursday
Dennis Socha

At a Glance

Practicing Since:


Specialties Include:

Soft tissue
Orthopedic surgery

My Pets:

Turbo - Miniature Pinscher

Dr. Socha is a 2011 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada. Dr. Socha completed one year rotating internship at VCA California Animal Hospital Veterinary Specialty Group in Los Angeles, CA. He completed a one year surgical internship and a three year surgical residency at VCA Colonial Animal Hospital. He has joined the surgical team at VCA Colonial Animal Hospital. Dr. Socha is interested in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery.

Dr. Socha is originally from the beautiful Ohio shores of Lake Erie, where he was born and raised. He enjoys spending any free time with his family.

Dr. Socha's other interests include the great outdoors, fishing, and spending time at the Lake Erie islands with good friends.

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When your pet needs a consultation with a surgical specialist you can rely on our ACVS Board-Certified Surgeons to give your pet a thorough evaluation and provide you with the information you need about diagnostic testing, treatments, and prognosis. Our surgeons are experts with regards to when surgery is necessary and, just as importantly, when surgery may not be the best choice for your pet. If surgery is the best option, rest assured your pet is in capable hands. Our doctors and technical staff are here to help guide you and your pet through the process. When possible and indicated, we employ minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy, endoscopy, and laparoscopy to reduce postoperative discomfort and speed recovery. Our hospital-wide dedication to the most progressive pain management techniques ensures your pet a comfortable recovery.

Orthopedic and Neurologic Surgery
Each year over 500 patients undergo surgery at our hospital for an orthopedic or neurologic issue. As surgery is often only one aspect of returning to optimal function; our approach to these patients involves not only our surgeons, but our radiologist, rehabilitation services, other staff doctors, and our 24 hour technician staff. We are especially well known for our success at treating patients with cruciate ligament tears, fractures, and intervertebral disc ruptures. We also perform surgery for many other orthopedic problems.

Orthopedic services include:

  • Cruciate Ligament Tear
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Fractures
  • Osteochondrosis Dissicans (OCD) (With arthroscopy available in some cases.)
  • Elbow Dysplasia (Again, with arthroscopy available in some cases.)
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Traumatic Luxation
  • Ununited Anconeal Processes
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Tendon Laceration
  • Angular Limb Deformities

Neurologic services include:

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Spinal Fracture

Soft Tissue Surgery
“Soft Tissue” refers to surgery involving structures outside of the skeleton. Each year close to 400 patients undergo surgery at our hospital for many different problems involving the soft tissues. In addition to having a board-certified veterinary surgeon perform the procedure; patients of our hospital benefit from the availability of specialized medications, diagnostic and monitoring equipment, and a staff dedicated to top-notch pain management. We believe our 24 hour technician staff provides care essential for the safety of our patients recovering from surgery and who need careful monitoring and pain management.

The most common soft tissue procedures performed at our hospital are tumor biopsy or removal, gastrointestinal surgery, urinary tract surgery, wound repair, respiratory surgery, and medically indicated ear surgery. In this modern era of veterinary medicine, tools such as ultrasound allow us to detect problems like abdominal tumors at a much earlier stage than in the past. Early removal of such tumors by a skilled surgeon can greatly improve the prognosis of many patients.

Minimally Invasive Surgery (Endoscopy)
Endoscopy is a minimally invasive method which can be used to evaluate many areas of the body. In some cases, an endoscopic procedure may reduce or eliminate the need for a more extensive open surgery. Our endoscopy equipment includes 3 flexible and 3 rigid scopes of various sizes, several cameras, monitor and an extensive array of endoscopic surgical equipment. We are able to use the fiber optic scopes attached to a camera to pass into certain areas of the body. The camera projects a magnified image on a monitor that allows us to visualize structures, identify abnormalities, and in many cases obtain diagnostic samples. Examples include:

  • Esophagoscopy – evaluation of the esophagus
  • Gastroscopy – evaluation of the stomach
  • Duodenoscopy – evaluation of the upper portion of the intestine
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy – evaluation of the esophagus, stomach, and upper portion of the intestine
  • Colonoscopy – evaluation of the colon
  • Cystoscopy – evaluation of the bladder
  • Rhinoscopy – evaluation of the nasal cavity
  • Laparoscopy – evaluation of the abdominal cavity
  • Arthroscopy – evaluation of a joint
  • Otoscopy – evaluation of the ear canal
  • Thoracoscopy – evaluation of the chest cavity

Your doctor will give you the benefits and drawbacks of any endoscopic procedures recommended. All of the above procedures require general anesthesia.

Our doctors perform about 1500 anesthetic procedures each year. This experience, along with an excellent technical staff and the state-of-the-art anesthetic monitoring equipment available at our hospital, minimize the risk associated with anesthetic and surgical procedures. While the risks of anesthesia cannot be eliminated, we do our best to keep you informed of the level of risk as well as to be proactive in detecting and treating problems that may add to this risk. We have a wide array of anesthetic medications available and tailor our anesthetic protocol to each patient’s needs.

Our Surgery Team

Veterinary Specialist
VCA Colonial Animal Hospital

2369 N. Triphammer Road

Ithaca, NY 14850

Main: 607-257-3650

Fax: 607-257-7009

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours


8:00 am-9:00 pm, 7 days a week

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