CVETS surgical department performs soft tissue, orthopedic, oncologic and neurologic surgery both during regular business hours and on an emergency basis. Its doctors and nurses are skilled in advanced anesthesia and pain management. The CVETS difference is that our surgical department places a heavy emphasis on minimally invasive surgery. This includes the use of camera and instruments inserted through small incisions and has been shown to decrease complications, lessen surgical time, speed healing and decrease post operative pain.

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Common Surgical Procedures

  • Soft Tissue & Oncologic Surgery (Tumor Removal)
  • Gastrointestinal- foreign body removal, GDV (gastric dilatation & volvulus), tumor removal
  • Splenic disease- splenectomy
  • Urogenital- urinary stones, tumor removals
  • Hepatobiliary- liver biopsy, tumor removal, portosystemic shunts, gallbladder removal/stenting
  • Reconstructive surgery- skin flaps/grafts, tumor removal
  • Cardiovascular- PDA, PRAA, cardiac tumors
  • Upper respiratory tract- laryngeal paralysis, brachycephalic airway disease
  • Chronic ear disease- TECA (total ear canal ablation)
  • Resection of invasive skin tumors- mast cell tumors, soft tissue sarcomas

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Fracture (broken bone) repair- via rods, bone plate and/or external fixation
  • Cruciate ligament (ACL) repair – Arthroscopy, TPLO (tibial plateau leveling ostetomy), lateral fabellar suture stabilization and TightRope repair
  • Correction of patellar (knee cap) luxation
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Joint arthrodesis
  • Hip dysplasia- triple pelvic osteotomy, total hip replacement & FHO (femoral head and neck osteotomy)
  • Elbow dysplasia- fragmented medial coronoid process & OCD


  • MRI or CT scan
  • Intervertebral disc extrusion
  • AA luxations
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Spinal tumors

Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Laparoscopic- ovariectomy (spay), cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), liver biopsy, tumor removal, gastropexy (stomach tacking)
  • Endoscopic- foreign body removal, esophageal disease, stomach & small intestinal biopsies
  • Thoracoscopic- lung lobectomy, pericardiectomy
  • Arthroscopy- cruciate ligament (ACL) repair, biceps tenotomy, treatment of elbow dysplasia, treatment of shoulder OCD
  • Platelet rich plasma (PRP)

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