We provide cutting edge, affordable surgical services directly to the pet owner at our brand new state of the art facility, Animal Outpatient Surgery of San Diego, located centrally in Kearny Mesa on Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
We offer these high quality surgical options as an alternative to the many talented board certified (boarded) surgeons located at the referral and specialty hospitals throughout beautiful San Diego.
Imaging: High Definition digital radiography, and ultrasound are available for surgical planning and post-operative care
Regenerative Medicine: We offer PRP stem cell therapy along with many of our orthopedic procedures, and as a stand-alone treatment. Ask about how regenerative medicine could benefit your pet’s condition.
Below find a listing with explanation of the commonly performed surgeries, along with a link to the appropriate aftercare instructions.
Anterior/Cranial Cruciate Ligament (ACL, CCL)
Cranial cruciate ligament, also called the ACL or CCL, is one of the most common orthopedic diseases in dogs, especially in Labrador retrievers, Staffordshire terriers, Boxers, Bichon Frises and Rottweilers. There are several acceptable methods of repair with a range of costs and benefits. We offer the Lateral Suture, TPLO and TTA. Schedule an appointment to discuss these methods of repair and decide which is best for your pet and family.
Adrenal gland excision for tumors on the gland
Amputation: digits, tails, limbs
Indicated for trauma, cancer or other problems causing loss of use of a limb, tail or digit
Anal Gland Ablation
We use an electrosurgical method to ablate the tissue which makes the fluid in the anal sac, which results in complete removal of these malodorous glands.
Offering both planned and emergent cesarean sections
Cherry Eye: Prolapsed Gland of the Nictitans
This gland is repaired by the pocket technique, embedding it in the tissue of the third eyelid, as it is important in the pet’s tear production.
Cholecystectomy gall bladder removal
Indicated in severe or chronic gall bladder disease
Castration when one or both testes are not in the scrotum, and are in either the inguinal canal or the abdomen
Surgery of the urinary bladder for removal of stones, or to remove or palliate tumors
Dental cleaning and surgery
Oral health is important to the general health of your pet
Electro epilation of distichia, which are hairs growing from the conjunctiva of the eyelid and typically rub on the cornea causing ulcers.
Repair of the eyelid which is turned inward toward the cornea.
Removal of the globe indicated with various end stage ocular diseases
Abdominal exploratory surgery for the purposed of diagnosis and repair of various problems related to the gastrointestinal tract or other abdominal organs.
FHO Femoral Head Ostectomy
Removal of the head and neck of the femur, resulting in a functional rear limb, indicated for problems with the head of the femur, including hip dysplasia, Legge-Calve-Perthes disease (vascular necrosis of the femoral head), and fractures of the head or neck.
We concentrate on fractures that can be well managed with either pinning and wiring, or plating the broken bone. We can review radiographs to help decide the best method of repair for the pet
This is an incisional pyloropexy, whereby one section of the stomach is sutured to the body wall, which is a surgery meant to prevent gastric torsion, or gastric dilation and volvulus, often performed in large and giant breed, deep chested dogs.
GDV Gastric Dilatation Volvulus
Surgical resolution of stomach torsion
Repair of hernia: umbilical, inguinal, perineal, diaphragmatic or traumatic
Proper treatment of lacerations, before they become a problem!
Lateral Ear Canal resection
Indicated in dogs whose vertical ear canal is narrowed from disease, and whose horizontal canal is still open. Early use of this technique in on dogs with chronic ear disease can help with long term management of otitis.
Removal of a liver lobe, most commonly performed for a solitary tumor in one liver lobe, this surgery can add years of life to middle aged and geriatric dogs
Hip or elbow luxation reduction, and placement of appropriate sling
Removal of part of the lower jaw, usually indicated for cancer treatment
Removal of masses in most locations, both benign and malignant, with evaluation of the surgical margin and of the mass itself
Stenotic nares are common in brachycephalic breeds such as bulldogs and pugs. Opening of the nares can result in better airflow and better quality of life for these pets
Kidney removal, indicated in the case of cancer, and some forms of kidney cysts, or a ureteral blockage.
Castration of dogs and cats
Osteochondritis desicans (OCD)
Surgical resolution of a soft spot in the bone under the articular cartilage, often found in knee or shoulder of dogs
Elongated soft palate, everted laryngeal saccules, and stenotic nares are common in brachycephalic breeds such as bulldogs and pugs. Surgical revision of all three areas to increase airflow can often lead to substantial change in quality and quantity of life for these breeds.
Patellar Luxation (MPL)
Repair of a luxating (sliding) knee cap. This condition causes substantial lameness, and surgery will return the limb to function, and prevent progression of degenerative joint disease.
This problem in older male dogs can cause urinary blockage and urinary tract infections. Omentalization is the method used to resolve the cyst.
Perineal urethrostomy (PU)
Performed in male cats, this surgery is indicated for repeat or non-resolving blockage of the urethra
Female dogs that are not spayed, can develop this life threatening disease where the uterus is infected and filled with purulent fluid. Complete removal of the uterus, and typically the ovaries, is indicated here.
Surgical removal of the salivary gland, indicated when the duct delivering saliva to the oral cavity has become compromised, resulting in a large buildup of saliva under the tongue and in the tissues of the neck.
Repair of a rolled third eyelid
Repair of the aberrant flow of blood bypassing the liver, typically diagnosed in young dogs. Yorkshire terriers are a common breed example
Ovariohysterectomy in dogs and cats
Removal of the spleen, commonly indicated for tumor or torsion of the spleen
Surgical exploration of the knee
Tibial crest avulsion repair
Common in immature dogs, repair of the tibial crest fracture by cross pinning
Removal of diseased teeth
Ultrasonic scan of the abdomen, neck, or extremities for diagnosis of disease and surgical planning
This problem occurs most often in male dogs that have not been castrated. Surgical resolution includes revision of the urethra and neutering the pet.
Most commonly performed in female dogs with recurrent urinary tract infections, this surgery removes redundant skin in the perineal area, normalizing the exposure of the vulva, and thereby reducing local pyoderma which can lead to UTI.