Our state-of-the-art surgical suite provides for the performance of a wide variety of surgical procedures. The most common soft tissue procedures we perform are spays, neuters and mass removals. Other soft tissue surgeries are done for a variety of reasons, such as removal of foreign bodies from the gastrointestinal tract, removal of neoplastic organs, removal of bladder stones, and repair of damaged structures (e.g., diaphragmatic tears). Additionally, we often take biopsies of diseased tissue for evaluation by a pathologist. Biopsies help guide medical and surgical treatment.
Orthopedic procedures are also performed in the surgical suite, including fracture and soft tissue repair or stabilization. The method of cruciate repair utilized by our doctors is an extra-articular repair, where the stifle (knee) joint is cleaned out, closed, and stabilized. A second method of cruciate repair is the TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy). This method requires special training, and is referred to a board certified surgeon, for performance at our hospital. If your pet is diagnosed with a torn cruciate, the two methods are discussed and the appropriate surgery arranged.
Alpine Animal Hospital works closely with the valley’s board certified veterinary surgeons to provide additional surgical procedures as required.