The surgery department at San Francisco Veterinary Specialists ran the numbers and compiled a listing of the 10 most common surgeries performed at the specialty hospital, as of June 2009.
Clicking on the name of a procedure below will link to corresponding educational material, including background conditions, procedure overviews and photos, on the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) website.
1. TPLO – Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (For Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Rupture)
2. Extracapsular Suture (For Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Rupture)
3. Gastrotomy or Enterotomy for Foreign Body Removal
4. Fractures (Plates, Screws, ESF Placement)
5. Patella Luxation (Knee Cap) Repairs
6. Splenectomy (Spleen Removal)
7. Gastropexy (Surgery to Prevent Bloat)
8. Liver Shunts
9. Laminectomy/Fenestrations/Ventral Slots (For Disc Disease)
10. Anal Sacculectomy or Perianal Mass Removal
(Note that this list is probably quite different than that of a general veterinarian’s office. SFVS is a multi-specialty referral hospital; general vets often refer their patients to us for particular procedures. For example, you won’t see spays or neuters on this SFVS list. List updated June 2009.)