These are procedures performed that inflict a minimal amount of pain, a minimal amount of tissue trauma and a faster recovery than traditional methods.
A flexible camera is placed into the mouth and directed through the esophagus down to the stomach and finally into the upper small intestine. The camera can also be placed into the rectum, the large intestine(colon) and up to the lower small intestine. This procedure is often performed to remove foreign objects, collect biopsies to explain vomiting, weight loss and diarrhea and to treat certain other conditions.
An airway wash within the lungs commonly performed for persistent coughing.
Rhinoscopy involves placing a camera into the nasal passages to assess for causes of bleeding, nasal discharge such as pus or clear fluid and difficulty breathing.
Tracheoscopy involves placing a camera into the windpipe to assess for causes of difficult breathing and coughing.
Placement of a camera into the ear canal to assess for persistent ear infections, bleeding and swelling.
Placement of a camera into the abdominal cavity to assess organs seen as abnormal on an ultrasound or xray. Biopsies can be collected, stomach tacking can be performed, organs can be removed such as the ovaries (spay) or retained testes(neuter), and many other options are possible.
Cystoscopy is placement of a camera into the urethra and bladder to assess for causes of difficult urination, bleeding, continuous urine dribbling.
Placement of a camera into the chest cavity to examine, biopsy and address conditions in this region.
Placement of a camera and small tools to visualize, examine, and treat issues within a joint.
Surgical procedures addressing the bones and joints.
A treatment technique used for stabilizing the stifle (knee) joint due to an ACL tear. A curved osteotomy (bone cut) is made to alter the joint angle and is then stabilized using a plate and screws.
Use of a nylon prosthesis to support the knee joint for healing following a tear of the ACL (Cranial Cruciate Ligament).
Repair of a loose knee cap.
Repair of both a torn ACL and a loose knee cap together in one procedure.
Removal of the femoral head and neck (the ball of the hip joint) to address several issues including advanced hip arthritis, dislocated hips and hip fractures.
Repair techniques may include bone plating, intramedullary pins, cerclage wires, and external skeletal fixation.
Fusion of the wrist or ankle joint due to instability or advanced arthritis.
This procedure is often recommended for treatment of hip dysplasia in young dogs less than 1 year of age. It involves several cuts in the pelvic bone and placement of a plate.
A procedure used to address hip dysplasia in very young dogs (4-5 months old). Generally less invasive.
Removal of a front or hind limb to address illnesses including cancer, extensive wounds, fractures and advanced joint disease.
Toe removal usually for cancer or extensive injury.
Tail removal for conditions such as cancer, fractures, nerve injury and infection.
Removal of a segment of the lower or upper jaw usually to address cancer, extensive wounds or fractures.
Surgical techniques to address elbow dysplasia (abnormal elbow development) which may included Fragment Medial Coronoid Process, Ununited Anconeal Process, Osteochondritis Dissecans, Elbow malalignment).
A procedure used to address advanced elbow arthritis to provide improved comfort and function.
Correction of limbs which have grown or healed at an abnormal angle.
Procedure involving organs.
Repair of a swelling of the perineum (buttocks region).
Repair of a swelling between the back legs.
Repair of a hole in the upper jaw.
Removal of mammary(breast) cancer.
Spleen removal usually due to suspected cancer and abdominal bleeding.
Removal of a section of the liver usually due to suspected cancer.
Treatment of a twisted stomach (causing life-threatening bloat) by returning it to the normal position and tacking it in place to prevent recurrence.
Stomach tacking to prevent a life-threatening twisted stomach (GDV).
The small intestine may need to be opened to remove foreign material causing obstruction or to collect a biopsy. A segment of intestine may require removal if cancer is present or the intestine is diseased.
The stomach may need to be opened to remove ingested foreign material or collect a biopsy. Partial stomach wall removal may be required for cancers or wall injury.
Opening up the middle ear region (bulla) to remove disease, most often inflammatory polyps in cats.
Removal of salivary glands and associated swellings most commonly found in the lower jaw/neck region.
Removal of the ear flap most often for cancer or injury.
Creating a new urinary opening in the perineal (buttocks) region to alleviate urination straining/obstruction. Often performed in male cats.
Creating a new urinary opening in the scrotal (between the legs) region to alleviate urination straining/obstruction. Often performed in male dogs.
Treatment for urethral tissue which is exposed.
Removal of a diseased kidney.
Surgical treatment of the prostate for enlargement, infection and cancer.
Removal of excess scrotum tissue.
Removal of retained testes from the flank fold region.
Gallbladder removal typically for inflammatory disease, infections or cancer.
Redirecting the flow of bile from the common bile duct due to obstruction.
Removal of the thyroid gland usually because of enlargement from cancers.
Removal of the parathyroid gland usually because of a cancer causing increased calcium.
Removal of the adrenal gland often due to enlargement from cancers which may or may not produce excess hormones.
Removal of part of the pancreas due to infections or cancers which may or may not be producing excess hormones.
Complete removal of the ear canal which is often indicated for chronic infections not responding to medical therapy. May also be indicated to remove cancers.
Most of the large intestine (colon) is removed usually for megacolon (abnormally enlarged colon) in cats causing severe constipation.
Tacking the colon inside to prevent prolapse of the rectum.
Eversion of the rectal tissue to remove polyps often causing straining or bloody stools.
The anal sac is removed to address chronic inflammation and infections, obstructions and enlargement which may be due to cancer.
Assessment of all the abdominal organs is performed to look for abnormalities. Biopsies are often collected to look for microscopic disease.
A reconstructive procedure to address recurring urinary tract infections in females with a 'hooded' or recessed vulva.
An abdominal incision is made to open the uterus for retrieving fetuses, often for dystocia (animal may be stuck in the birth canal or the mother can't push them out). Sometimes scheduled by breeders.
A spay procedure (OHE) is performed to treat the pyometra condition which is an infection of the uterus.
Removal of a lung lobe to treat infections, rupture, twisting and cancer.
Ligation (tying off) an abnormal blood vessel in the heart connecting the pulmonary artery and aorta.
A portion of the heart covering (pericardium) is removed to relieve pressure around the heart.
Creation of a new opening in the bladder for connection with the ureter. Usually performed for ectopic ureters (abnormal development of the urinary system).
Opening the urinary bladder usually to remove bladder stones or treat other abnormalities within.
A metal ring called an ameroid constrictor is placed around an abnormal blood vessel in the abdomen which is shunting (redirecting) blood around the liver instead of through it.
Removal of cancerous masses which are then sent to the lab for microscopic analysis to determine the type and if complete removal was achieved.
After removal of a cancerous mass there may be a large wound requiring closure. If the local tissues are not enough for wound closure, a rotation of nearby skin (skin flap) or movement of skin from far away (skin graft) may be required.
The diaphragm divides the chest from the abdomen, keeping the organs in place. If the diaphragm is open from a trauma or a growth defect, a repair is required to avoid life-threatening risk.
Brachycephalic breeds have a short nose confirmation which can lead to difficult breathing. Correction for most of these issues including opening the nasal passages (rhinoplasty), trimming an overlong soft palate and removing everted saccules can help.
For patients diagnosed with the laryngeal paralysis condition (closed airway), a surgical procedure is performed to tie the airway partially open.
A new airway opening is created for patients with collapsed or obstructed upper airways.
The eye removed typically for conditions causing blindness, cancers or severe trauma.
Removal of masses growing on the eyelid which may cause irritation impairing vision.
A technique performed to treat melting ulcers of the cornea.
Replacement of a prolapsed third eyelid gland.
Surgical treatment of eyelids which are rolled inwards causing irritation.
Treatment for a condition called chylothorax.
Procedures involving the brain and spinal cord.
A contrast agent is injected around the spinal cord and then x-rays are done to identify areas of compression causing neurologic disease.
A decompressive surgery on the spinal cord to treat conditions such as a herniated disc.
A decompressive procedure performed on the neck region for herniated discs.
A procedure performed for spinal cord decompression.
Stabilization of spinal fractures.