Surgical Procedures

At Atlantic Coast, we are able to perform a variety of both routine and advanced orthopedic and soft tissue procedures, many of which rely on unique skills as well as advanced training and experience.

Orthopedic Procedures

  • Minimally Invasive Fracture Repair
  • Full Complement of Internal and External Fixation for Trauma
  • Arthroscopic (for problems with joints)
  • Evaluation & Surgery
  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury – a rip or tear in the CCL, which functions to stabilize the tibia
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia – the failure of the hip joints to develop normally. They will begin to gradually deteriorate and lead to loss of function of the hip joints
  • Femoral Head & Neck Excision – surgical treatment to resolve painful hip conditions
  • Patellar Luxation – dislocated knee cap
  • Angular Limb Deformity – a bone growth disturbance where the growth plate of a growing bone is damaged
  • Elbow Dysplasia – multiple developmental abnormalities of the elbow joint
  • Developmental Orthopedic Disease – defects in bone development
  • Arthrodesis – surgical fusion of a joint

Soft Tissue Procedures

  • Abdominal Surgery – foreign body removal, exploratory, bloat (enlarged stomach causing pressure on other organs)
  • Cardiovascular Surgery – pacemaker implantation, balloon valvuloplasty, balloon pericardiotomy
  • Head and Neck Surgery –
    • Laryngeal Tieback – surgical repair of a paralyzed voice box
    • Surgical treatment of brachcephalic obstructive airway syndrome – to reduce airway obstructions and create adequate airflow
    • Total Ear Canal Ablation with Lateral/Ventral Bulla Osteotomy – surgical removal of a diseased or infected ear canal
    • Mandibulectomy/Maxillectomy – surgical treatment in which a portion of the lower or upper jaw is removed
  • Oncologic Surgery – 

    • Excisional biopsy– the entire tumor is taken out for examination
    • Insicional biopsy– one or several pieces of the tissue are obtained for examination
    • Intracapsular resection– partial tumor removal due to the presence of vital non-resectable organs which are in close proximity to the tumor
    • Marginal resection– the tumor is taken out without margin, just outside the visible part
    • Wide resection-a margin of visibly normal tissue is resected along with the tumor which helps to minimize the risk for leaving behind tumor cells
    • Radical resection– the entire organ the tumor is growing in is removed
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – (Skin and wound)
  • Respiratory Tract Surgery – tracheostomy – temporary or permanent opening into the trachea to facilitate airflow
  • Thoracic Surgery – VP shunt, IVDD, arachnid cyst, spinal fracture repair
  • Urogenital Surgery –
    • Perineal Urethrostomy – a permanent opening is created in the urethra to eliminate urinary obstruction
    • Urinary incontinence surgery – Colposuspension (repositioning of the bladder neck of female dogs in the intra-abdominal cavity which creates increased pressure on the bladder and increasing resistance from the urethra).   Cystourethropexy (in male dogs, the ductus deferens are tacked down to compress the urethra which helps to hold in the urine)
    • Cystoplasty (bladder reconstruction)
    • Nephrectomy – (removal of the kidney)
    • Nephrotomy – (removal of upper urinary tract calculi)
    • Cystotomy – (surgical opening in wall of the bladder to remove bladder stones or tumors and blood clots or to repair a rupture due to severe trauma)