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The specialty of veterinary surgery has grown to include many types of surgery. At VSRC, we offer a broad array of advanced surgical procedures that largely fall into 5 categories:

Orthopedic – Soft tissue – Neurologic – Oncologic - Minimally invasive

While all veterinarians may perform surgery as part of their practice, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons is considered a specialist and has the additional training and expertise to perform more technical and advanced procedures.

For more information on some of the most common procedures, click a link below to expand content and view more information.

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) Procedure
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) Procedure


Each patient is closely monitored during and after surgery to ensure their safety. A sedation protocol is developed for the individual patient, taking into consideration many factors including age, weight, and overall health. All hospitalized patients are cared for overnight by a member of the VSRC team and are never left unattended.

Pain Management

Among the best ways to manage pain is to ‘get ahead of it’, meaning prevent it or by early intervention. Pain management will improve the recovery process, whether from illness, surgery or injury. Best of all, because it reduces stress and increases a sense of well-being, pain management may even help your pet live longer.

Many medications come in easily administered forms such as liquids, skin patches or gels. There are also new analgesic (pain-reducing) products to help treat your pet after an injurious trauma or to help treat chronic pain. 

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are often used to treat orthopedic-related pain with minimal side effects. There are several other classes of pain medications and it is important that you talk to your veterinarian about the different medications so that together you can find the best treatment plan for your pet.

Pain management becomes particularly important after surgeries. When recovering from invasive procedures, animals may be not only in pain, but also weak and disoriented. When you’re finally able to bring them home after a procedure, the best thing you can do is consistently follow your veterinarian’s instructions carefully. If your veterinarian prescribes an analgesic for your pet, give it to him as directed. If confinement is prescribed, please adhere to the instructions provided to minimize re-injury and expedite recovery. If any problems should develop, contact your veterinarian immediately.

PennHIP and OFA Evaluations

PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic screening method for hip evaluation. The technique assesses the quality of the canine hip and quantitatively measures canine hip joint laxity. The PennHIP method of evaluation is more accurate than the current standard in its ability to predict the onset of osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD), is the hallmark of hip dysplasia (HD).

PennHIP is more than just a radiographic technique. It is also a network of veterinarians trained to perform the PennHIP methodology properly and, perhaps most importantly, it is a large scientific database that houses the PennHIP data. Radiographs are made by certified PennHIP members worldwide and are sent to the PennHIP Analysis Center for evaluation. (Courtesy of the University of Pennsylvania)
Orthopedic Foundation for Animals’ mission is to promote the health and welfare of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease. The OFA is guided by the following four specific objectives:

  1. To collate and disseminate information concerning orthopedic and genetic diseases of animals.
  2. To advise, encourage and establish control programs to lower the incidence of orthopedic and genetic diseases.
  3. To encourage and finance research in orthopedic and genetic disease in animals.
  4. To receive funds and make grants to carry out these objectives.



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