Surgery

Surgery

VSA Surgical is an extension of the surgical service at VSG, with the same core team of Dr Alex Walker, Dr Richard Jerram and Dr Alastair Coomer, offering a complete service in all areas of orthopaedic, neurologic, oncologic and soft tissue surgery.  Our surgery team works closely with referring veterinarians to diagnose and treat complex surgical conditions in dogs and cats.  We like to think of ourselves as an extension of the primary veterinarians practice.  Our case load is broad and challenging in many cases.

Our orthopaedic procedures are often based around lameness exam and diagnosis.  Joint surgery such as Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, Total Hip Replacement, arthroscopy, elbow and shoulder treatments make up a large percentage of our orthopaedic case load.  Fracture repair is also performed.

Neurological surgery is mainly spinal (decompressive procedures with or without distraction or stabilisation) but some brain surgeries are being done with good success.  Oncologic surgery involves a wide range of procedures ranging from hepatic and pulmonary lobectomies, urinary tract and intestinal surgeries, reconstructive surgery of the body wall and appendicular skeleton (skin flaps, limb sparing, etc).

Soft tissue procedures are wide ranging depending on the underlying pathology but include airway surgery for brachycephalic dogs, thoracic and abdominal procedures and urinary tract including hydraulic artificial urethral sphincter application for incontinence.  Complex wound management using vacuum assisted healing is also undertaken when required. 

New and innovative surgical procedures are constantly being introduced to our treatment protocols as meaningful objective data becomes available through research and peer reviewed literature.  Our objective is to achieve optimal outcomes for our patients.

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Advanced procedures performed by surgical specialists

Meet the Team

Dr Alex Walker

Dr Alex Walker

Position Director & Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery

Email alex.walker@vsnz.co.nz

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Dr Richard Jerram

Dr Richard Jerram

Position Director & Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery

Email richard.jerram@vsnz.co.nz

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Dr Alastair Coomer

Dr Alastair Coomer

Position Director & Registered Specialist Small Animal Surgery

Email alastair.coomer@vsnz.co.nz

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Our Work

Elbow Dysplasia in Dogs

Elbow Dysplasia in Dogs

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Cervical Intervertebral Disk Disease

Cervical Intervertebral Disk Disease

Supporting Text Treatment of a slipped disk in the neck

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Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy

Supporting Text For treatment of cranial cruciate ligament injury

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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

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Shoulder Lameness in Dogs

Shoulder Lameness in Dogs

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Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disk Disease

Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disk Disease

Supporting Text Treatment of a slipped disk in the spine

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Lumbosacral Intervertebral Disk Disease

Lumbosacral Intervertebral Disk Disease

Supporting Text Treatment of a slipped disk in the lower back

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Patella Luxation in Dogs

Patella Luxation in Dogs

Supporting Text Treatment of dislocating kneecaps

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Laryngeal Paralysis

Laryngeal Paralysis

Supporting Text Treatment of breathing difficulties in older dogs

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