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Our hospital offers Orthopedic Surgery Services. If your pet breaks its leg, procedures such as bone plating, pinning and/or wiring may be necessary to fix the fractured bones. If your pet experiences a knee ligament injury (for example, a cruciate ligament tear), procedures such as a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) or extracapsular repair may be recommended. Dislocating (luxating) knee caps (patellas) may sometimes require surgery to minimize pain and improve your pet's quality of life. If there is a problem inside a joint (severe arthritis, bone chips, etc.), surgeons may recommend arthroscopy (a tiny video camera placed inside the joint) to remove the source of your pet's pain. In some cases it is best to open the joint for a more thorough surgical approach. Our surgeons medically manage and perform surgery to correct a wide variety of orthopedic conditions, including: Joint problems: Shoulder instability, Elbow dysplasia, Carpal instability, Hip dysplasia, Hip luxation, Patella luxation, Stifle ligament insufficiency, Cranial cruciate ligament disease, Tarsal instability, Arthrodesis (joint fusions), Diagnostic/therapeutic arthrocentesis, Osteochondritis Dissecans, Arthroscopy, Bone conditions: Fracture repair (standard AOS/ASIF), Treatment of fracture diseases (nonunions/malunions, etc.), Surgical correction of angular limb deformities, Bone grafting/enhancement of bone healing.

Surgery

Board-certified veterinary surgeons are veterinarians who have received advanced training after veterinary school in the art of surgery and the management of problems that require surgical intervention. They have typically completed one or more internships and a three year residency in an approved program. In addition, they have passed numerous exams and have demonstrated the knowledge, proficiency, and skills to be awarded certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In other words, they are individuals that have dedicated years of their life to the study and practical training in their chosen specialty far beyond what a typical graduate veterinarian would.

Board-certified surgeons have been exposed to and trained in a wide variety of surgical procedures, as well as specialty training in anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine/critical care, and clinical and anatomic pathology. They have been trained to perform advanced surgical procedures of the abdominal organs and gastrointestinal tract, head and neck procedures, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy), spinal surgery, orthopedics, thoracic surgery, urogenital surgery, and reconstructive procedures of the skin. Their training has prepared them for all phases of the surgical management of our small animal patients. Some surgeons have completed fellowships following their residencies to allow for even greater specialization.

Some of the more common procedures performed at VCA West Coast Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital include:

  • TPLO/TTA (for ruptured cruciate ligaments)
  • Fracture repair (internal and external fixation)
  • Arthroscopic elbow surgery
  • Patella Luxation surgery
  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) for hip dysplasia
  • Arthroscopic surgery for OCD
  • Brachycephalic airway surgery
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Oncologic Surgery (cancer surgery)
  • Portosystemic Shunt Attenuation (vascular anomaly surgery)
  • Thoracic Duct Ligation (chylothorax surgery)
  • Stem Cell Treatment for degenerative conditions

VCA West Coast’s team of surgeons have vast experience in dealing with a multitude of surgical problems and are trusted by veterinarians throughout Southern California and beyond. Our highly respected team includes one of only 50 certified oncologic surgeons in the world!

VCA West Coast Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital strongly believes in the triad of care. You, your family veterinarian, and your VCA West Coast surgeon will become a team working together to provide your pet with the best possible care. Working together with an surgeon, your family veterinarian may be able to perform some or most of the needed post-operative care.

If you or your veterinarian believe your pet may benefit from an consultation with a surgeon, please contact us. Additional information is available at www.acvs.org.

Our Surgery Services

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

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