Advanced Surgery

Click on the links below to learn more about advanced surgical techniques, offered at Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, P.C. We are proud to be leaders in these fields in the State of Alaska. Please also visit our "Educational Library" to obtain more insight on surgeries, frequently performed at our clinic.

Arthroscopy

Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic Surgery

Laparoscopic Gastropexy   

Laparoscopic Ovariectomy

Fracture Repair  

Hip Dysplasia  

Intervertebral Disc Disease or Slipped Disc

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Diagnostics and treatment for urinary incontinence

Diagnostics and treatment for urinary incontinence.pdf

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Shoulder Arthroscopy and Biceps Tendon Release

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Severe wrist injury, Rogue – case summary

Severe wrist injury, Rogue – case summary

Rogue running 4 months after surgery

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Thoracoscopic Pericardectomy

Thoracoscopic Pericardectomy

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Wheezer-Study-Group

Dr. J.F. von Pfeil, staff surgeon at Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, P.C. and adjunct assistant professor for small animal surgery at Michigan State University and his research – team perform a study on laryngeal paralysis, a congenital disorder in the Alaskan Husky. These dogs are referred to as “Wheezers”. Click on the link below and read the newspaper report about one of the many cases, the “Wheezer-Study-Group” could help to breathe easier:
 
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Successful Cardiac Pacemaker Placement

Local dog undergoes rare open heart surgery *

Report from KTUU (Alaska TV Channel 2) by by Megan Baldino, Thursday, May 21, 2009

A local dog underwent open heart surgery recently and received a pacemaker. It was one of the rarest and riskiest operations ever done in Alaska.
For full text, click here:  http://www.ktuu.com/global/story.asp?s=10407609  Copyright 2009 KTUU

View Summary of Pacemaker Surgery

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View Pacemaker Part I

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View Pacemaker Part II

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View Pacemaker Part III

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View patient 4 weeks after surgery

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If you are interested to meet with one of our Board Certified Surgeons at Veterinary Specialiats of Alaska, P.C. to discuss cardiac surgery that may apply to your pet, please do not hesitate to contact us.

*Please note: There was a misunderstanding between reporters and surgeon. The procedure reported is NOT considered an open heart surgery. Open heart surgery implies that blood bypasses the heart while a surgical procedure is performed inside the heart, for example when a cardiac valve is implanted. This procedure is currently only offered at two veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States: Michigan and Colorado State University. To place a cardiac pacemaker, the pericardium, which is the bag surrounding the heart, is opened and the electrical leads are sutured to the outside of the heart muscle. Cardiac pacemaker placement is also done percutaneaously in the appropriate patients at our clinic. This procedure is less invasive and faster. Dirsko J.F. von Pfeil, Dr.med.vet, DVM, DACVS, DECVS, Adjunct Professor – Small Animal Surgery – Michigan State University, Staff surgeon at Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, P.C.,

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