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Surgery

Extensive surgical expertise coupled with cutting-edge equipment and technology allow us to provide pets with the highest level of care. The board-certified small animal surgeons at AESC diagnose and treat a wide variety of illnesses and injuries, from soft tissue procedures like tumor removal and laryngeal paralysis correction to orthopedic procedures like TPLO and fracture repair. Our surgeons have advanced equipment and dedicated surgical suites at their fingertips for a safe, effective surgery with minimally invasive options available for certain procedures. We also have surgeons on call 24/7 should your pet experience an emergency that requires immediate intervention.

Minimally Invasive

When a minimally invasive technique is elected, our surgeons evaluate and repair damaged tissues using an incision only about ½” in sizejust large enough for a small camera and instruments to be inserted. These innovative techniques result in less pain and a faster recovery time.

Anesthesia & Pain Management

Considering your pet’s comfort is an important part of the surgical process. We use anesthesia and other forms of pain management when needed before, during and after a surgical procedure at AESC. You can feel relief too knowing that we use the safest medications possible and closely monitor our patients every step of the way to ensure they are comfortable and healthy throughout.

We even have a dedicated recovery suite led by specialists and technicians trained and experienced in the use of anesthetic chemicals, especially with regards to higher risk pets like seniors or those with heart conditions. As your pet awakens from a surgery, a staff member will be there to monitor progress closely and offer comfort. Though surgical or anesthesia complications are uncommon, our anesthesia recovery technicians are well-versed in the warning signs. If attention is needed, our criticalists are prepared to jump into action at a moment’s notice.

Our advanced surgical services include:

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Treatment for cranial cruciate ligament rupture including Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), Tightrope® and Extracapsular Repair – all arthroscopic-assisted
  • Minimally Invasive Arthroscopy: Treatment for cartilage flaps, debride osteophytes, bone fragment removal and other intra-articular injuries in the shoulder, elbow, carpus, hip, stifle and tarsal joints
  • Osteochondral Autograft Transfer System (OATS™) to treat OCD lesions
  • Treatment for hip dysplasia including total hip replacements, juvenile pubic symphysiodesis (JPS) and double or triple pelvic osteotomy (DPW or TPO)
  • Fracture repair using ring and traditional linear external fixators, with both the standard and locking technology, and bone plates

Thoracic Surgery including minimally invasive thoracoscopy to remove tumors, treat vascular ring anomalies, create pericardial windows, ligate the thoracic duct and treat PDA anomalies

Abdominal Surgery including minimally invasive 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

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, surgical treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect any portion of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, skull, and vertebral column. Surgical procedures include spinal fracture/luxation reduction and stabilization, hemilaminectomy, ventral slot, dorsal laminectomy, Atlanto-occipital luxation stabilization, cancer resection or debulking.

Oncologic Surgery includes surgical management of tumors, especially cancerous tumors. We provide comprehensive treatment of cancer in combination with the oncology department. Surgical procedures include resection of skin and subcutaneous tumors, maxillofacial tumors, thoracic tumors and abdominal tumors.

Skin & Reconstructive Surgery includes the management of traumatic wounds, burns and large skin defects with vacuum assisted closure, skin flaps and skin grafts. Reconstructive skin grafts and flaps are what's used to treat serious injuries to the body's skin, usually following surgical removal of damaged skin.