Minimally invasive surgeries offer the benefit of smaller surgical incisions, better visualization of lesions, shorter surgery times, and shorter hospitalization and postoperative recovery.
The goal of the minimally invasive surgery service of the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center is to provide the highest level of care in conjunction with consistent and effective communication with the client and referring veterinarian.
Minimally invasive surgery is the use of special instruments and cameras introduced through small incisions to visualize the joint surface, other intra-articular structures, and within body cavities for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy are available at VSEC Levittown with Drs. Jennifer MacLeod and Peter Chapman, and at VSEC Philadelphia with Dr. Sarah Round. Arthroscopy is also available at Levittown, Philadelphia and Conshohocken.
VSEC is also offering stenting procedures for dogs with tracheal collapse refractory to medical management and for dogs with urethral and colonic strictures.
Sample laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures offered:
- Liver biopsy
- Ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy
- Cryptorchid castration
- Prophylactic gastropexy
- Lymph node biopsy
- Renal biopsy
- Thoracic cavity exploration/lung biopsy
Sample arthroscopic procedures offered:
- Diagnosis and treatment of Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the shoulder, elbow or knee (stifle)
- Diagnosis and treatment of biceps injury (bicipital tenosynovitis)
- Fragmented medial coronoid process treatment
- Ununited anconeal process treatment
- Evaluation and scoring of elbow osteoarthritis
- Diagnosing partial cranial cruciate ligament ruptures
- Debriding meniscal tears
In conjunction with the arthroscopy service, Dr. Melissa Hobday is offering regenerative medicine in Philadelphia. Regenerative Medicine involves in-house bone marrow collection which is sent to local university collaborators for stem cell culturing. We are also offering injection of Autologous Conditioned Serum (ACS). These innovative technologies are used for the treatment of tendon and ligament injuries as well as osteoarthritis.
During your initial appointment with our surgery service, you will be greeted by one of our experienced veterinary nurses who will weigh your pet, assess vital signs and obtain a brief patient history from you. You will then meet one of our surgeons who will review your pet’s problem and discuss treatment options and recommendations. Diagnostics such as blood work or radiographs may be performed. Surgery, if necessary, will be discussed and scheduled.
On the day of your pet’s surgical procedure, you will be contacted by the surgeon after surgery and updated periodically during your pets stay at VSEC. A discharge appointment will be set up and all details of your pet’s post-operative care and medications will be provided in a report and discussed with you.
Your referring veterinarian will be updated on your pet’s progress and all records will be faxed to them immediately. Our staff is always available by phone to answer any questions you may have during and after your pet‘s stay at VSEC.