OPVMC Offers Veterinary Surgery, Emergency Surgery & Surgical Referral Services

Veterinary Surgery

Orchard Park Veterinary Medical Center offers complete veterinary surgical services. Routine and advanced surgeries are performed daily, including soft tissue, dental, neurologic, and orthopedic surgeries, as well as surgical consultations and evaluations.

Our team approach to surgical care includes our surgical specialist, board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). In addition, we offer referral services for surgical and specialty procedures to all area veterinarians and pet owners.

Specialized Surgical Procedures

We treat pets requiring special procedures, including spinal surgery, fracture repair, cruciate repair surgery, total hip replacement surgery, oncologic surgery, and thoracic or abdominal procedures. These patients receive continued nursing care and observation in our hospital until ready for release.

Emergency Surgery

We are equipped to perform most emergency veterinary surgeries. Emergency surgical procedures that are lifesaving in nature are also performed at night and on weekends.

Surgical Anesthesia

“There are no inherently absolutely ‘safe’ anesthetic drugs, only safe anesthetists.”

At OPVMC, this principle guides our approach to anesthesiology and pet pain relief: how anesthesia is administered is far more important than which drugs are used.

Adherence to a strict protocol of precautionary measures ensures the maximum degree of safety. No shortcut is worth risking the life of a pet. Before surgery, we perform a thorough physical exam to assess your pet’s health status and suitability to undergo anesthesia. This may include ancillary diagnostics such as blood tests, urinalysis, radiographs, ECG, ultrasound, or electrocardiograms.

While under general anesthesia, your pet is continuously monitored by licensed veterinary technicians and a veterinarian. Monitoring devices include pulse oximetry, ECG, blood pressure monitors, and ventilators for those pets having thoracic surgery that require mechanical breathing assistance.

Surgical Treatment Plan

For all surgical procedures, your veterinarian provides a written treatment plan. The doctor reviews this plan with you, to ensure you understand all recommendations for your pet’s care. You are asked to authorize care by signing a copy of these estimates. In the event that the estimate needs to be revised, we will notify you and discuss the revisions.

Spay & Neuter Your Pets

Spaying and neutering are general surgeries that prevent unwanted litters and pet overpopulation. Additionally, these procedures prevent health problems such as mammary tumors, uterine infections, testicular tumors, and prostatic diseases.

Declaw Surgery for Cats

As of July 2019 declawing cats is illegal in New York State therefore we no longer offer this surgical service.

Surgical procedures available through our Surgery Department
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  • Bone plate repair
  • Interlocking nail repair
  • Radius-ulna
  • Fracture repair—Pins, plates, screws, external fixation, and interlocking nails
  • Total hip replacement
  • Femoral head and neck ostectomy
  • Cranial cruciate ligament surgery
  • Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy and extracapsular repair
  • Patellar luxation
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Tendon injuries
  • Maxillary and mandibular fracture repair
  • Triple pelvic osteotomy
  • Arthrodesis
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Bicepital tenodesis
  • Angular limb deformities
  • Coxofemoral luxations


  • Gastric and intestinal neoplasia and foreign bodies
  • Gastropexy
  • Insulinomas
  • Pancreatic abscesses and cysts
  • Esophageal foreign bodies
  • Subtotal colectomy of megacolon
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Extrahepatic portosystemtic shunts
  • Biliary diversions
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Partial hepatectomy
  • Laparoscopic liver biopsies
  • Laparoscopic assisted gastropexy
  • Laparoscopic assisted intestinal biopsies

Skin and reconstructive

  • Trauma surgery
  • Skin flaps
  • Skin grafts
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Anal sacculectomy
  • Oncologic surgery

General abdominal

  • Exploratory for biopsies
  • Splenectomy
  • Diaphragmatic hernias
  • Traumatic hernias
  • Peritoneal-pericardial hernias
  • Adrenal tumors


  • Hemilaminectomy or laminectomy
  • Ventral slot
  • Atlanto-axial luxations
  • Spinal fractures
  • Caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy (wobblers)


  • Spontaneous pneumothorax
  • Patent ductus arteriosis
  • Pericardectomy
  • Lung tumors
  • Persistent right aortic arch
  • Chylothorax
  • Thoracic wall resections


  • Nephrectomy
  • Nephrotomy
  • Cystotomy
  • Bladder tumors
  • Ectopic ureters
  • Urethrotomy
  • Urethrostomy-scrotal, perineal
  • Prostatic abscesses
  • Prostatic biopsy
  • Periprostatic cysts
  • Vaginal tumors
  • Perianal hernias
  • Episioplasty
  • Laparoscopic ovariectomy

Head and Neck

  • Ear canal ablations
  • Bulla osteotomy
  • Vertical canal resections
  • Mandibulectomy
  • Maxillectomy
  • Salivary mucoceles
  • Laryngeal paralysis surgery
  • Tracheostomy
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Brachycephalic airway surgery
  • Cleft palate repair