When surgery is the answer

Veterinary Surgery from minimally invasive to complex procedures.

If your veterinarian says your pet needs surgery, be sure to seek the care of a Board-Certified Veterinary Surgical Specialist. The surgeon at Advanced Veterinary Specialists is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). This is an important designation. It means our surgeon has completed a one-year internship and at least 3 years of advanced surgical residency training beyond veterinary school. To become board-certified, a veterinarian has to perform and publish critical research and pass rigorous examinations by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. The board-certification process ensures consistency in training and adherence to high standards in veterinary surgery.

Please visit the American College of Veterinary Surgeons website for more information on Health Conditions, What is a board certified surgeon?, FAQs, Owner Resources, and Questions to ask your Veterinarian.

Advanced training and experience are the keys to a predictable outcome for your best friend’s surgical care. Our surgeon has performed the following veterinary surgical procedures hundreds or even thousands of times.

Orthopedic surgery:

  • Fracture repair, including severe or complicated fractures of the limbs, spine and pelvis
  • Diagnosis and surgical treatment of lameness
  • Surgical stabilization of all stifle (knee) injuries including cranial cruciate ligament repairs using TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy), TTA (tibial tuberosity advancement), and extracapsular repair procedures
  • Treatment of joint cartilage surface injuries (OCD) in the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle
  • Minimally invasive surgery – arthroscopy
  • Correction of hereditary limb abnormalities, including luxating patella, angular limb deformities, and growth plate injuries
  • Medical and surgical management of hip dysplasia in both younger and older dogs including total hip replacement, triple pelvis osteotomy and juvenile pubic symphoidesis
  • Joint arthrodesis (fusion)
  • Management of elbow dysplasia
  • Management of arthritis including Stem Cell Therapy
  • Mandibular and maxillary surgery
  • Joint luxation repair
  • OFA radiographs (x rays)
  • Therapeutic amputations


Soft tissue surgery:

  • Oncologic surgery
  • Biopsies, tumor removal or reduction
  • Hepatic and biliary surgery
  • Spleen surgery
  • Gastric dilation-volvulus (bloat)
  • Urogenital including renal, ureteral, bladder, and urethral surgery
  • Ear canal resections, ablations, and bulla osteotomy
  • Reconstructive procedures for the skin – wound-management, and skin grafts
  • Minimally invasive surgery – laparoscopy and thoracosopy
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Cardiovascular surgery including pericardial disease and correction of congenital defects such as PDA.
  • Respiratory surgery including laryngeal paralysis and other upper-airway disease and lung disorders
  • Hernia repair
  • Endocrine surgery, including adrenal and parathyroid organs
  • Anal gland removal


Neurologic surgery:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of spinal disease, including intervertebral disc protrusion (herniated disc), lumbosacral disease, spinal tumors, spinal fractures and luxations, and atlantoaxial (neck) instability.


Surgical services also include:

  • 24-hour care, including monitoring of vital signs (heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature), diet, intake, and eliminations
  • Close monitoring during recovery by our veterinarians and nursing staff. Pain medications and antibiotics are precisely administered and your surgeon’s specific instructions are followed at all times
  • Clean bedding and caring personal attention to your pet’s physical comfort and emotional well-being
  • Regular updates for you and your referring veterinarian

AVS Surgery

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