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Recent innovations in veterinary and minimally invasive surgical technology are changing the face of veterinary soft tissue surgery. New minimally invasive surgical approaches have been developed to compliment or replace traditional techniques. In many cases, quicker recovery time and superior visualization have also been demonstrated with minimally invasive techniques. Most minimally invasive procedures require 2 small incisions, but more advanced procedures can require 4-6 small ports for instrumentation.

Some of the minimally invasive procedures offered are listed below:

SOFT TISSUE PROCEDURES

Urogenital

  • Laparoscopic kidney biopsy
  • Laparoscopic assisted ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Laparoscopic ovariectomy
  • Laparoscopic cryptorchidectomy
  • Laparoscopic assisted cystoscopy (bladder stone removal)
  • Laparoscopic assisted cystopexy
  • Laparoscopic assisted cystostomy tube placement

Gastrointestinal/Abdominal

  • Exploratory laparoscopy with multiple biopsies
  • Laparoscopic assisted gastropexy
  • Laparoscopic assisted foreign body removal (intestinal)
  • Laparoscopic liver biopsy
  • Laparoscopic pancreatic biopsy
  • Laparoscopic abdominal mass explore and biopsy
  • Laparoscopic assisted colopexy
  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic assisted feeding tube placement (low-profile gastrostomy, gastrostomy, jejunostomy
  • Laparoscopic assisted cholecystectomy

Thoracoscopy

  • Exploratory thoracoscopy (Indications: spontaneous pneumothorax, acute pyothorax)
  • Partial lung lobectomy
  • Pericardiectomy
  • Complete lung lobectomy (with one lung ventilation)
  • Pericardioscopy
  • Pleural biopsies

ORTHOPEDIC PROCEDURES

Elbow Arthroscopy

  • Exploratory arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopic debridement
  • Subtotal medial coronoidectomy
  • Ununited anconeal process removal or repair

Shoulder arthroscopy

  • Exploratory arthroscopy (intraarticular tendon evaluation)
  • Biceps tenectomy
  • OCD lesion removal and debridement

Stifle arthroscopy

  • Exploratory arthroscopy
  • Meniscectomy

Tarsal arthroscopy

  • OCD lesion removal and debridement
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Surgery

A board-certified veterinary surgeon is a veterinarian who completed an internship and residency (an additional 3-5 years of training after graduation from veterinary school) and passed a rigorous examination to achieve board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). These doctors provide specialized assistance in a variety of scenarios, including:

  • Traumatic injury & emergencies (i.e.: fractures, skin wounds & lacerations, gastric dilatation-volvulus/”bloat”)
  • Orthopedic disorders (i.e.: cranial cruciate ligament injuries, luxating patellas, angular limb deformities)
  • Soft tissue injuries (i.e.: tumor removal, liver biopsies & shunt correction, lung biopsies)
  • Neurological ailments (i.e.: herniated discs, spinal cord injuries)

All veterinarians may perform surgery. However, challenging surgical conditions benefit from the expertise of a board-certified veterinary surgeon to help maximize the likelihood of a positive outcome. Remember primary care veterinarians focus on the day-to-day needs of your pet, and board-certified veterinary surgeons spend years training specifically for surgical procedures. Our surgical team partners with pet parents and family veterinarians before and after surgery to help determine the best treatment and ensure continuity of care, respectively.

Our surgical team, including a highly experienced team of licensed veterinary technicians (LVTs), operates in a state-of-the-art facility fit for humans. They use innovative equipment generally not available to family veterinarians. When hospitalization is needed, both veterinarians and LVTs monitor patients around-the-clock so you don’t have to worry about your fur baby being left alone and unattended overnight. Other board-certified veterinary specialists, including experts in internal medicine, critical care, and cardiology, are readily available for consultation should the need arise.

Our Surgery Services

Advanced Anesthetic Monitoring
Bone and Joint Surgery
Bone Biopsy
Brain and Spinal Surgery

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