The surgical service at VSEC is a cohesive, collaborative group committed to providing the highest quality care for our patients, our clients and the referring veterinarians who place their trust in us.
The goal of the surgical service of the Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center is to provide the highest level of orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery and neurosurgery in conjunction with consistent and effective communication with the client and referring veterinarian.
We provide exceptional surgical coverage and post-operative care for scheduled and emergency surgeries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our surgical staff is led by four board-certified veterinary surgeons (Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons or ACVS. Only diplomates of the ACVS have completed a 3 year residency in veterinary surgery and passed a series of national qualifying examinations. No other veterinarians have received as rigorous and complete training and testing in the field of veterinary surgery.
Our veterinary surgeons collaborate with your veterinarian and specialists in other fields (internal medicine, cardiology, radiology, ophthalmology, neurology, emergency & critical care, oncology, dentistry and acupuncture) to attain the highest level of patient care.
Soft Tissue & Oncologic Surgery:
- Hepatobiliary (including portosystemic shunts)
- Plastic & reconstructive surgery
- Cardiovascular (PDA, PRAA, cardiac tumors)
- Upper respiratory tract (laryngeal paralysis, brachycephalic airway disease)
- Management of chronic ear disease and aural tumors
- Resection of invasive neoplasms
- Simple & Complex Fractures
- IM pin
- Bone plating
- External skeletal fixation
- Ligament & Tendon Injuries
- Cruciate ligament repair – Lateral fabellar suture technique
- Cruciate ligament repair – TPLO
- Correction of patellar luxation
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Joint instabilities/arthrodesis
- Hip dysplasia
- Total Hip Replacement
- Triple Pelvic Osteotomy
- Femoral head and neck excision
- Developmental Orthopedics
- Elbow dysplasia
- Angular limb deformities
- Lameness Assessment
Neurosurgery: See also Neurology & Neurosurgery Service
- Diagnostic workup of neurologic problems
- Neurologic examination
- Arrange MRI or CT scan
- Neurologic Surgery
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Vertebral fractures
- Spinal tumors
Minimally Invasive Surgery: See Minimally Invasive Surgery Service
During your initial appointment, 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 bloodwork 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.
Canine and Feline Cancer Issues
VSEC offers a comprehensive surgical oncology practice in conjunction with our medical and radiation oncology services. We perform partial cystectomy for removal of bladder cancer (i.e. transitional cell carcinoma), liver lobectomy for liver cancer or abscesses, splenectomy for removal of splenic cancer (malignant hemangiosarcoma), resection and biopsy of benign and malignant tumors: (i.e. mast cell tumors, squamous cell carcinoma, lymphoma, osteosarcoma) and more.
Torn CCL and Knee Surgery in Dogs
Some of the most common stifle (knee) injuries in the dog and cat include ruptured cranial cruciate ligament and patella luxation. Dogs and cats, just like people, have ligaments that stabilize their stifles (knees); these are called the cruciate ligaments. The cranial cruciate ligament is the most synonymous with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in people, and commonly tears resulting in hind limb lameness. This lameness can wax and wane depending on if the tear is complete or partial. There are several surgical methods to stabilize the stifle. At VSEC we offer either a lateral fabellar suture technique or tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO). Medical management and conservative therapy is successful more often in cats then dogs with cruciate ligament disease.
Dogs and cats also have a patella, or kneecap, that when luxated can result in lameness. Due to confirmation, some dogs and cats are predisposed to developing luxating patellas. In these cases they may have low-grade patella luxation that does not cause lameness and therefore does not require surgery. Other dogs or cats may have a traumatic event that can cause the patella to luxate. When a luxated patella is causing discomfort and lameness, surgical correction is recommended. At VSEC we correct patella luxation by deepening the trochlear groove in the femur and/or moving the tibial tuberosity (insertion of the patellar tendon). Some dogs and cats have both cranial cruciate ligament rupture and patella luxation; in fact having one condition may predispose the patient to developing the other.