Common Surgical Procedures

Veterinary surgery services are provided by Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists of Longmont, CO. The veterinarians, board-certified surgeons, and experienced technicians at Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty + Emergency Center can expertly perform variety of surgical procedures, including:

Orthopedic Surgery

  • Treatment for cranial cruciate ligament rupture, including Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and Extracapsular suture repair – all arthroscopically-assisted
  • Arthroscopy to treat cartilage flaps, debriding osteophytes, remove bone fragments and other intra-articular injuries in the shoulder, elbow, carpus, hip, stifle, and tarsal joints. This process is also called, “Scoping.”
  • Osteochondral Autograft Transfer System (OATS™) to treat OCD lesions
  • Hip Dysplasia including cemented and cement-less total hip replacements, Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS) and PennHIP for early diagnosis of hip dysplasia
  • Fracture repair using ring and traditional linear external fixators, the interlocking nail system and bone plate

Thoracic Surgery

Procedures including thoracoscopy to remove tumors, treat vascular ring anomalies, create pericardial windows and ligate the thoracic duct.

Abdominal Surgery

Procedures including laparoscopy to perform prophylactic gastropexies, tissue biopsies, feeding tube placement, cryptorchid castrations, laparoscopic spays, cholecystectomies and abdominal lavage for pancreatitis, gastrointestinal surgery (including liver shunts), urogenital surgery.

Oncologic Surgery

  • Removal of malignant cutaneous (skin) tumors and skin reconstruction
  • Oral surgery, including mandibulectomy/maxillectomy for invasive oral tumors
  • Thoracic surgery for removal of mediastinal, lung, cardiac and body wall tumors
  • Abdominal surgery for tumors of the liver, spleen, gastroinstinal tract and urogenital systems
  • Treatment of musculoskeletal tumors, including limb sparing techniques for primary bone tumors in dogs, or limb amputation when necessary
  • Minimally invasive approaches to oncologic surgery, including thoracoscopy and laparoscopy are performed when possible

Neurologic Surgery

  • Decompressive disk surgery for acute and chronic degenerative disk disease, including diseases of the cervical, thoracolumbar, and lumbosacral spine
  • Fixation and stabilization of spinal fractures and congenital malformations
  • Neuro-oncologic procedures, such as excision of brain and spinal tumors

Skin and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Reconstructive surgery to close skin defects secondary to trauma, burns, frostbite or after removal of large neoplasms/masses, including skin grafts and flaps
  • Surgery to correct congenital defects such as stenotic nares, “screw-tail,” or excessive skin folds such as facial folds or a recessed vulva
  • Chronic wound management and closure including lick granulomas