Because AMC is dedicated to optimizing patient outcomes, we have assembled a surgical team that works collaboratively across all specialties to provide the best possible care for your pet. Our veterinary surgeons work together to determine the least invasive and most effective procedures — whether it’s a routine spay or neuter, or a more complicated surgery to treat arthritis, hip dysplasia, lameness, paralysis, or other debilitating condition. Our surgeons perform a variety of minimally invasive techniques whenever possible to promote rapid diagnosis, repair, healing and to minimize patient discomfort.
Our staff is comprised of four surgeons, board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) that works collaboratively with specialists in internal medicine, oncology, radiology, critical care and pathology to coordinate testing to determine the best course of action on a case-by-case basis. Critical surgical support is provided by our board certified anesthesiologist, a full diagnostic radiology team, five surgical residents training to become certified by the ACVS, four criticalists, licensed veterinary technicians, as well as an in-house rehabilitation and sports medicine program. These teams are organized to provide the best possible care for your pet, available to provide seven-day-a-week expertise, state-of-the-art surgical techniques and to assure specialized emergency surgical care.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
These procedures are performed through tiny incisions instead of one large opening. Because the incisions are small, patients tend to have quicker recovery times and less discomfort than with conventional surgery — all with the same benefits. These techniques include:
- Arthroscopy: a surgical procedure used to visualize, diagnose, and treat joint disease
- Intraoperative fluoroscopy: a continuous x-ray transmitted to a monitor to enable the treatment area and its motion to be seen in detail (often used for fracture repair)
- Thoracoscopy: internal examination or biopsy within the chest cavity, to help identify and treat certain heart/lung diseases
- Stent placement for collapsed trachea: treatment for a common cause of cough in dogs due to decreased strength within the cartilage of the airway or “windpipe”
- Laparoscopy: used to view internal organs and allow treatment of certain abdominal conditions
- Interventional radiology interventional endoscopy: image-guided procedures used to diagnose and treat conditions in nearly every organ system
Orthopedic veterinary surgeons treat congenital and acquired injuries of bones, joints and the spine (including bone and joint repair as well as lameness issues), utilizing the newest bone plating, pinning and fixation devices and methodologies. Orthopedic trauma is managed by procedures designed to stabilize fractures, treat soft tissue injuries and promote rapid recovery. Some of these conditions include:
- Fracture stabilization of the joint (shoulder, elbow and knee)
- Arthroscopy and minimally invasive fracture repair
- Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD) and Total Hip Replacement
- Patella Luxation or dislocated kneecap (MPL/LPL)
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture
- Musculotendinous injuries (strains, sprains or trauma to soft tissue)
Surgeons performing soft tissue procedures also work closely with specialists in internal medicine, oncology, diagnostic imaging and critical care to diagnose and treat certain diseases that involve the chest, abdomen, skin and other soft tissues. These techniques include biopsies as well as a number of reparative procedures.
Anesthesia and Pain Management
To avoid pain during or after a surgical procedure is performed on your pet, the surgical team at AMC is accompanied by a holistic approach to anesthesia and pain management. A wide variety of therapies are routinely applied, including:
- Pharmacologic (analgesics, muscle relaxants)
- Complementary (acupuncture, physical therapy, ultrasound, etc.)
- Interventional (site specific)
If you have questions regarding your pet’s pain relief at any point during your pet’s care, as to speak with our board certified veterinary anesthesiologist. The AMC currently is the only veterinary referral hospital in NYC to have a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist on staff.
Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery
The Animal Medical Center’s team of veterinary dentist’s specialize in the treatment of many diseases, injuries and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral (mouth) and maxillofacial (jaws and face) region. Some of the surgical procedures performed include:
- Jaw fracture repair
- Surgical extractions
- Treatment of periodontal disease
- Oral cancer surgery
Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology
The department of diagnostic imaging utilizes the advanced imaging modalities of radiography (x-ray), ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for the diagnosis, prognosis, and surgical treatment planning in companion animals. The department is staffed by two board certified radiologists, two residents in training and 12 technicians skilled in making radiographs, CT, and MRI images.
Surgical diseases of the nervous system are treated by board certified neurologists. Neurosurgery is routinely performed for spinal disease and conditions that cause back pain, paralysis or lameness, including diseases of the disc and spine. This specialty surgery is also performed to treat abnormal brain conditions and has been successful in removing certain tumors. In addition to our surgical staff, AMC employs 2 board certified neurologist as well as the only on site board certified anesthesiologist in New York City.
Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine
The Tina Santi Flaherty Rehabilitation Service of the Animal Medical Center, the only facility of its kind in New York City, provides innovative and state-of-the-art therapies to help return dogs, cats and other pets to higher levels of functional mobility and improved quality of life after surgery. Our facility employs only individuals that are certified in canine rehabilitation in order to offer the most advanced expert care.