Surgery: From simple procedures to highly complex

Our surgery department provides board certified veterinary surgical care and is staffed by licensed veterinary technicians.  We offer a full range of orthopedic, soft tissue, and neuro-surgical procedures for dogs and cats.  Our hospital provides 24 hour care which allows your pet to be monitored by a veterinarian around-the-clock, affording superb post-surgical care.

ACVS is proud to have a full-service surgery department including two complete surgical suites with state-of-the-art anesthetic monitoring capabilities. Our surgery team can tackle the most challenging cases in the fields of orthopedic, soft-tissue and neurologic surgery. We work in direct consultation with specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, and neurology as well as collaborating with specialists in oncology, medical imaging, anesthesiology and emergency/critical care to provide your pet with the most comprehensive care possible.

Some of the orthopedic procedures that we perform include:

  • Arthrodesis – surgical fusion of a joint
  • Arthroscopy/Arthrotomy for OCD/FCP – surgical treatment for elbow dysplasia
  • Bone Biopsy
  • Extracapsular Cranial Cruciate Ligament Stabilization – repair of the ligament inside the knee that functions to prevent the tibia from shifting in relation to the femur
  • Femoral Head & Neck Excision – surgical treatment to resolve painful hip conditions
  • Fracture Repair
  • Hip Reduction (Open/Closed) – surgical treatment to put the bones of a luxated joint back in the correct position
  • Limb Amputation
  • Patellar Luxation Repair – surgical treatment for a dislocated knee cap
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy – surgical treatment for rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament
  • Total Hip Replacement

Some of the soft-tissue procedures that we perform include:

  • Adrenalectomy – surgical removal of an adrenal gland
  • Anal Sacculectomy – surgical removal of saccular structures
  • Biliary Diversion/Cholecystectomy – surgical removal of the gallbladder
  • Bowel Resection/Enterotomy – surgical removal of intestinal foreign bodies
  • Feeding Tube Placement
  • Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus – removal of air in the stomach
  • Liver Lobectomy – surgical removal of part of all of a liver lobe
  • Lung Lobectomy – surgical removal of an infected or damaged lung lobe
  • Parathyroidectomy – surgical removal of a parathyroid tumor
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus Ligation – surgical repair of the ductus arteriosis, which diverts blood from the pulmonary artery to the aorta
  • Pericardiectomy – surgical removal of the pericardium
  • Perineal Hernia Repair – surgical treatment for weakening or failure of the muscular diaphragm of the pelvis
  • Persistent Right Aortic Arch – surgical treatment to resolve constriction of the esophagus
  • Portosystemic Shunt Attenuation – surgical treatment for narrowing of an abnormal shunt vessel
  • Prostatic Omentalization – surgical treatment to improve vascular supply to affected tissue within the prostate
  • Radiographic Dye Studies
  • Skin Grafts
  • Soft Palate Resection – surgical treatment to reduce airway obstruction and provide adequate airflow
  • Spinal Decompression/Stabilization – surgical procedure to relieve symptoms caused by compression or pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots
  • Splenectomy – surgical removal of the spleen
  • Thyroidectomy – surgical removal of a tumor of the thyroid gland
  • Urethrostomy – surgical treatment to remove obstructions to urine flow
  • Urinary Stone Removal

Some of the neurological conditions we treat include:

  • Atlantoaxial Instability – condition involving abnormal movement in the neck
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease – condition in which the material inside a disc escapes into the spinal column which can result in severe pain, nerve damage, or paralysis
  • Lumbosacral Disease – condition involving the narrowing of the vertebral canal causing compression of spinal nerve roots in the lumber and sacrum regions
  • Spinal Fracture/Luxation
  • Syringomyelia – to allow the cerebrospinal fluid to flow normally when fluid-filled cavities develop within the spinal cord near the brain
  • Wobblers – condition that affects the spine within the neck region. Surgical treatment involves the removal of lesions from the spine

Some of the neurosurgical procedures we perform include:

  • Craniotomy – removal of a portion of the skull for access to the intracranial space, with subsequent replacement of bone
  • Chiari Surgery– to resolve foramen magnum obstruction caused by herniated cerebellum and medulla. This surgical procedure can reduce pain and neurological deficits for your pet

The surgery department at Atlantic Coast Veterinary Specialists is an extension of the care provided by your primary veterinarian. We feel that the best results are obtained when the primary veterinarian, pet owner and veterinary surgeon work together as a team.