Our team-oriented approach and belief in open communication between our team, your primary veterinarian, and you means your pet will always receive the best in compassionate care. Our surgical team consists of a surgeon, a scrub nurse, anesthesia nurse, and surgical floater nurse. Our patients are intensely monitored and cared for during their surgical procedure and during their recovery in the hospital. Our surgical team also works closely with the other animal specialists and emergency clinicians to provide the highest level of veterinary treatment possible for your pet.
Your pet may be cared for by our surgery team if they require any of the following treatments.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Your pet’s comfort and quick return to health are very important to us. One of the ways we achieve this is through our very active minimally invasive surgery program. Minimally invasive surgery decreases postoperative pain, reduces stress, reduces infections, and allows shorter hospital stays and more rapid recovery.
Our skilled, boardcertified surgeons and advanced technology allow us to perform minimally invasive surgery in a variety of situations. Rigid endoscopic equipment provides excellent magnification and tissue detail. We perform laparoscopy and thoracoscopy for exploration of the abdomen and chest, biopsies, stone and mass removal. With arthroscopic minimally invasive joint surgery we are able to treat cruciate ligament disease, and developmental diseases such as elbow dysplasia, OCD of the shoulder and elbow, and other diseases.
Abdominal and Thoracic Surgery
We perform exploratory abdominal and thoracic surgery for a variety of medical conditions. Abdominal surgery includes surgery of the liver, splenic, urogenital and gastrointestinal systems. Thoracic surgery includes surgery of the lungs, heart, mediastinum and chest wall.
We collaborate with the oncology service for surgical treatment of cancer. Many cancers require surgical resection for best results. Our radiology service uses ultrasound, radiographs (xrays) and CT imaging to provide information about the extent of disease so that the best treatment can be selected.
Orthopedic conditions in pets are extremely common. We are equipped to handle orthopedic problems in all sizes of dogs and cats from Chihuahuas to Great Danes. This includes surgery for fractures, cranial cruciate ruptures, patellar luxations, growth deformities, hip dysplasia and many other conditions. Total joint replacement is also available for dogs with severe hip dysplasia.
Cranial cruciate disease is our most common orthopedic complaint. This is a ligament rupture in dogs similar to a torn ACL in the human knee. We offer both traditional open stabilization techniques and minimally invasive arthroscopic assisted repairs.
We treat fractures in a similar way to how they’re treated in humans, either with internal fixation (pins, wire, plates and screws) or external fixation. Neurologic patients with spinal disease due to disk disease, tumors, and traumatic injuries are also treated by our surgeons.