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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

Surgery

At VCA Veterinary Specialists of the Valley, we are proud to offer state-of-the-art Surgical services.

We have a team of highly skilled doctors and technicians in providing your special pet comprehensive Surgical care with state of the art diagnostic capabilities, operating rooms, anesthetic monitoring and 24 hour intensive care.

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Laryngeal surgery
  • Lung and thoracic surgery
  • Liver and gastrointestinal surgery
  • Kidney and urogenital surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery for wounds
  • Laparoscopy / Thoracoscopy
  • Laparoscopy for examination and biopsies of abdominal problems without open surgery

Neurosurgery

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Wobblers syndrome
  • Spinal fractures and tumors
  • Brain tumors
  • Myelography for spinal problems

Cancer Surgery

  • Limb salvage operations
  • Head and neck cancer surgery
  • Abdominal and thoracic mass removals
  • Feline fibrosarcoma

Emergency Surgery

Our surgeons are always on call for emergencies. We routinely perform the following emergency surgeries:

  • Gastric dilatation and volvulus
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Gastric foreign bodies
  • Uterine infection
  • Cesarean section
  • Traumatic abdominal and thoracic wounds
  • Bleeding splenic masses

Handouts

Post-operative care of your special pet after his or her discharge is essential to making a full recovery. The following instructions will give you guidelines on how to care for your pet after surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please call a member of our surgical team.

Our Surgery Services

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

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