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What is a Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeon?

A board-certified veterinary surgeon, or veterinary surgery specialist, is a veterinarian who has pursued an additional four years of advanced surgical training and passed a rigorous specialty examination. With their extensive surgical experience, veterinary surgeons can perform a wider array of surgeries and address more complicated surgical needs than are typically managed by a primary care veterinarian. They also complete focused continuing education to stay up to date on the latest advancements in veterinary surgery, which, as in human surgery, have progressed rapidly in recent years.


Why Choose AESC Surgery?

As part of a multi-specialty veterinary hospital, our board-certified veterinary surgeons believe that teamwork is critical to providing excellent patient care. Our collaborative group supports one another in complex small animal surgeries, working closely with our board-certified anesthesiologist and surgery nurses to provide the best outcome for your pet. Advanced diagnostic imaging (digital x-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI, fluoroscopy) may assist in surgical planning and is performed with the expertise of our board-certified veterinary radiologists. Postoperative care in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is provided 24/7/365 by board-certified Criticalists, emergency veterinarians, and licensed veterinary technicians. The team at AESC also includes veterinary specialists in the fields of Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology and Rehabilitation.

We recognize that surgery is a stressful time for you and your pet, and our team is here to offer compassion, skill, and expertise. To set up a consultation with one of our veterinary surgeons, please call us at (720) 842-5050.


Common Soft Tissue Surgery Performed by Our Board-Certified Surgeons

  • Emergency surgery and trauma repair, such as intestinal obstruction, hemoabdomen, gastric dilatation and volvulus, diaphragmatic hernia, deer goring, etc
  • Tumor excision of abdominal and thoracic organs (spleen, liver, intestines, kidneys, adrenal glands, lungs, thymus, mediastinal masses etc)
  • Cystotomy (bladder stone removal)
  • Resection of skin tumors, such as mast cell tumors (MCT) and soft tissue sarcomas (STS)
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery
    • Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
    • Cryptorchid neuter
    • Gastropexy
    • Liver biopsy
    • Gallbladder removal
  • Thoracoscopic (minimally invasive) surgery
    • Lung lobectomy
    • Pericardectomy
    • Thymoma removal
  • Other thoracic surgeries including treatment of pneumothorax, pyothorax and chylothorax
  • Airway disease (brachycephalic airway syndrome [BAS]) correction
  • Anal gland removal for tumors or chronic infections
  • Amputations (limb, digit, tail)
  • Mucocele removal (biliary and salivary)
  • Total ear canal ablation (TECA) and ventral bulla osteotomy (VBO)
  • Portosystemic shunt (PSS) attenuation
  • Arytenoid lateralization (“tie-back” for laryngeal paralysis)
  • Removal of foreign bodies, migrating grass awns, and other objects
  • Perineal or scrotal urethrostomy
  • Correction of PDA and PRAA (vascular anomalies)


Common Orthopedic Surgery Performed by Our Board-Certified Surgeons

  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) for CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) disease/rupture
  • Meniscal tear arthroscopy
  • Patellar luxation (MPL/LPL) repair
  • Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy (FHO)
  • Traumatic orthopedic injury repair, such as fractures, luxation/dislocation, and tendon rupture
  • Treatment of osteochondritis (OCD)
  • Arthroscopy
    • Knee
    • Elbow
    • Shoulder
  • Angular limb deformity correction
  • Treatment for hip dysplasia (double and triple pelvic osteotomy [DPO and TPO] and juvenile pubic symphysiodesis (JPS)


If your pet needs a surgical procedure not found on the above list, please contact us to discuss your pet’s needs.