Surgery Procedures

PVSEC Surgery provides specialty care and consultation for surgically related diseases in small animals. Specialized surgical services are available in the following areas:


  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Lameness evaluation
  • Fracture repair
  • Bone plate fixation
  • External skeletal fixators
  • Pin/wire fixation
  • Circular fixators for distraction osteogenesis (bone lengthening)
  • Joint surgery
  • Cruciate ligament repair: Extracapsular suture reconstruction
  • Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)
  • OCD (Osteochondritis Dissecans)
  • Arthrodesis (joint fusion)

Soft Tissue - General Surgery

  • Thoracic: Lung tumors, heart surgery (PDA, pericardial disease, heart-based tumors), mediastinal tumors, rib masses.
  • Abdominal: Gastrointestinal surgery, kidney diseases, portocaval shunts, bladder surgery, liver masses/biopsies, splenic tumors, adrenal tumors, hernias, elective gastropexies (stomach tacking), complicated urogenital surgery, urethral stenting.
  • Perineal: Hernias, tumors, anal sac disease.
  • Head and Neck: Laryngeal paralysis, thyroid tumors, mandibular/maxillary tumors and fractures, ear canal surgery (including total ablation, Zepp, bulla osteotomy)
  • Tracheal surgery: tracheal ring prosthesis, tracheal stenting

Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Arthroscopic joint surgery (Shoulder OCD, Elbow dysplasia, OCD of the Knee, Biceps tendonitis)
  • Thoracoscopy:  lung biopsy/tumor resection, pericardial disease, chylothorax
  • Laparoscopy: gastropexy, liver biopsy, cystotomy, ovariohysterectomy, cryptorchid castration


  • Myelography
  • Disc Disease-Hemilaminectomy, ventral slot decompression, dorsal laminectomy
  • Cervical spondylomyelopathy (Wobbler)
  • Spinal fractures
  • Brain surgery