Specialty Services: Surgery
Extensive surgical expertise, coupled with cutting-edge equipment and technology allow us to provide our patients the highest level of care. Our 24-hour facility allows us to provide round the clock care for your pet throughout their recovery, as well. The veterinary surgeons at AMVS will provide you with detailed recovery guidelines for every procedure. Our experienced and caring board-certified small animal surgeons diagnose and treat many types of surgical cases including:
- Treatment for cranial cruciate ligament rupture including Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), Extracapsular suture repair, and Tightrope® – all arthroscopically-assisted
- Arthroscopy: To treat cartilage flaps, debriding osteophytes, remove bone fragments and other intra-articular injuries in the shoulder, elbow, carpus, hip, stifle, and tarsal joints. Also called Scoping; this process can be viewed in video format here.
- Osteochondral Autograft Transfer System (OATS™) to treat OCD lesions; this process can be viewed in video format here.
- Hip Dysplasia including cemented and cement-less total hip replacements, Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS) and PennHIP for early diagnosis of canine hip dysplasia
- Fracture repair using ring and traditional linear external fixators, the interlocking nail system and bone plate
Thoracic Surgery including thoracoscopy to remove tumors, treat vascular ring anomalies, create pericardial windows and ligate the thoracic duct.
Abdominal Surgery including laparoscopy to perform prophylactic gastropexies, tissue biopsies, feeding tube placement, cryptorchid castrations, laparoscopic spays, cholecystectomies and abdominal lavage for pancreatitis, gastrointestinal surgery (including liver shunts), and urogenital surgery.
- Removal of malignant cutaneous (skin) tumors and skin reconstruction
- Oral surgery, including mandibulectomy/maxillectomy for invasive oral tumors
- Thoracic surgery for removal of mediastinal, lung, cardiac and body wall tumors
- Abdominal surgery for tumors of the liver, spleen, gastrointestinal tract and urogenital systems
- Treatment of musculoskeletal tumors including limb sparing techniques for primary bone tumors in dogs, or limb amputation when necessary. Although limb amputation may initially be a frightening recommendation, the video below entitled, “Yes, There is Life After Amputation” offers valuable insight on the overwhelming success of these procedures.
- Minimally invasive approaches to oncologic surgery including thoracoscopy and laparoscopy are performed when possible.
Post-operative x-ray of a dog who was treated for osteosarcoma of his distal radius. The affected bone was removed and a metal endoprosthetic and plate were used to stabilize and support the limb. Limbsparing treatment options for dogs with osteosarcoma have been shown to be equivalent or better with regards to survival, compared to amputation.
- Decompressive disk surgery for acute and chronic degenerative disk disease, including diseases of the cervical, thoracolumbar, and lumbosacral spine
- Fixation and stabilization of spinal fractures and congenital malformations
- Neurooncologic procedures, such as excision of brain and spinal tumors
X-ray of a spinal fracture on a 110-pound Irish Wolfhound, who was paralyzed before undergoing surgery. Post-surgery, he is able to run, and he is pain-free.
- Reconstructive surgery to close skin defects secondary to trauma, burns, frostbite or after removal of large neoplasms/masses, including skin grafts and flaps
- Surgery to correct congenital defects such as stenotic nares, “screw-tail,” or excessive skin folds such as facial folds or a recessed vulva
- Chronic wound management and closure including lick granulomas
The doctors and their surgical teams provide state-of-the-art diagnostics, technology, surgical procedures, treatments and follow-up for dogs and cats. Plus, they work closely with your family veterinarian to ensure a complete and accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.