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Veterinary Surgery

If you have been referred to one of our surgeons or would like to discuss your pet’s upcoming surgery, please call us today.

Reasons for Veterinary Surgery

Evaluating and repairing trauma and treating complex diseases requires advanced medical equipment and professional expertise that is typically only found in a specialty hospital like ours. The Surgery Department at VESH is led by Dr. John A. Benson, a board-certified veterinary surgeon specially trained in orthopedic and soft-tissue surgery, and Dr. Emily Pearce, a residency trained surgeon who specializes in minimally-invasive surgery. Depending on your pet's medical concerns, surgery may be the best course of action to keep them healthy. There are a variety of reasons why your pet may need surgery, such as:

  • Blockages: If your pet swallows something that they shouldn't and develops a blockage, they may require surgery to remove it.

  • Cancer: While not necessary for all types of cancer, surgery may be beneficial for the removal of some or all your pet's cancerous tumors.

  • Injuries: If your pet breaks a bone or has a serious wound, they may require surgery for reconstruction or repair.

Here at Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital, we have skilled surgeons, advanced tools and technologies, and fully equipped surgical suites to assist your pet with any surgical needs they may have. Learn more about our highly qualified veterinary surgeons at VESH below.

Our Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. John A. Benson, DACVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr. Emily Pearce, Practice Limited

Small Animal Surgery

Dr. John A. Benson, DACVS

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr. Emily Pearce, Practice Limited

Small Animal Surgery

Surgical Procedures We Offer

With specialized training and experience, our surgery team has improved the health and quality of life of thousands of pets by:

  • Evaluating and treating acute and chronic lameness

  • Evaluating and treating traumatic and sports-related injuries

  • Performing reconstructive surgery and repair of traumatic wounds

  • Performing urologic surgery

  • Performing surgical and laparoscopic biopsies that provide valuable diagnostic information

Continue reading below to learn more about the comprehensive surgical procedures offered at VESH. 

Working closely with your regular veterinarian, our surgeons can provide you with options and help determine the best treatment for your pet. If your pet’s procedure requires overnight hospitalization, our team of ICU doctors and technicians will ensure your pet’s comfort and care throughout the night with their expertise and sophisticated medical equipment. Your pet is never left alone at VESH, any time of day or night.

If you have questions about the surgical services we offer or your pet's upcoming procedure, please call us at 413-665-4931 or use our Contact Us form to send us an email.

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Available surgical procedures include:

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a particular type of surgery that provides pets with quicker recovery times and overall less discomfort post-operatively. Minimally invasive procedures are performed through several tiny incisions, rather than one large incision. When surgery involves a joint, the abdomen, or chest, a small scope is inserted in one of the incisions to provide a view of the surgical site, while instruments are inserted through the other incisions to perform the surgical procedure.

  • Arthroscopy

  • Laparoscopy

  • Thoracoscopy

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery includes a wide range of joint and bone surgeries.

  • Lateral suture stabilization for Cruciate ligament tears

  • Tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO)

  • Femoral head osteotomy (FHO)

  • Patellar luxation

  • Fracture repair

  • Limb deformities

  • Joint dislocations

  • Mandibulectomy

  • Maxillectomy

  • Ununited anconeal process (UAP)

  • Fragmented coronoid process

  • Osteochondrosis dessicans (OCD)

  • Achilles tendon repair

  • Arthrodesis

Soft-Tissue Surgery

Soft tissue surgery includes a variety of surgical procedures, from foreign body removals to hernia repairs. Soft-tissue surgery also encompasses traumatic wound repair and oncologic surgery (mass removals and amputations).

  • Hernia repair

  • Limb amputation for bone tumors

  • Removal of skin tumors

  • Removal of soft tissue tumors

  • Removal of tumors on the face or jaw

  • Removal of rectal or peri-anal tumors

  • Brachycephalic airway correction

  • Cystotomy

  • Urethrostomy

  • Dystocia

  • Enterotomy

  • Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV)

  • Prophylactic gastropexy

  • Laryngeal tieback

  • Lung lobectomy

  • Liver mass removal

  • Thyroid tumor removal

  • Adrenal gland removal

  • Gastro-intestinal tumor removal

  • Ear canal ablation

  • Kidney removal

  • Parathyroidectomy

  • Skin grafting

  • Splenectomy

  • Subtotal colectomy

  • Thoracotomy

  • Nephrectomy

Learn More

Click below to visit the American College of Veterinary Surgeons' website to read about the advanced education and training that Board Certified specialists in surgery receive.