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Our surgical expertise

Pet owners and referring veterinarians alike depend on our approach to state-of-the-art, personalized surgical care when pets need it most. Our team of board-certified veterinarians possess decades of combined experience that allow us to diagnose and treat a wide variety of illnesses, some, more common than others. Whether the surgical procedure at hand is routine or more complicated, the surgical team at the Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham has the tools to provide your pet with advanced surgical care while delivering on our dedication to achieving the best possible outcome for your pet. We always love when patients leave happier and healthier than when they came in.

Orthopedic Surgery
General/Soft Tissue, Oncologic Surgery
Spinal surgery
OFA Radiography Procedures
OFA Requirements

Orthopedic surgery

Orthopedic surgery allows us to treat injuries and illnesses that relate to the musculoskeletal system of your pet. This predominately relates to joints, ligaments, bones, muscles and tendons in cats and dogs. Effective orthopedic surgery can dramatically enhance the quality of life experienced by your pet.

Common types of orthopedic procedures include the following.

  • Cranial cruciate ligament disease (commonly known as “ACL Tear”)
  • Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO), lateral fabellotibial suture
  • Patella luxation
  • Hip luxation
  • Closed (non-surgical) reduction, open reduction +/- toggle-suture system stabilization, femoral head/neck excision
  • Other types of joint luxation
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Juvenile pubic symphysiodesis (JPS), triple/double pelvic osteotomy (TPO, DPO), femoral head and neck excision (FHO, FHNE)
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Fragmented medial coronoid process, ununited anconeal process (UAP), OCD, elbow incongruence
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
  • Fracture repair
  • Pins, wires, bone plates/screws, external skeletal fixators
  • Tendon and ligament injuries
  • ‘Achilles’ tendon, bicipital tenosynovitis, ACL tears, patellar ligament tear/avulsion, etc.
  • Angular limb deformity correction
  • Arthritis
  • Diagnosis and management (degenerative joint disease/osteoarthritis, infectious arthritis, immune-mediated arthritis)
  • Joint fusion/arthrodesis

General/soft tissue, oncologic surgery

General and soft tissue surgery allows us treat dogs and cats requiring surgery for conditions relating to cardiothoracic, gastrointestinal, respiratory or urogenital issues.

These issues can cause acute risk if left untreated and can also inhibit the quality of life experienced by your pet. Our surgical procedures allow us to determine the exact issue at hand and implement a precise approach to the issue that contributes toward your pet’s recovery.

Common types of general and soft tissue surgical procedures include the following.

  • Thoracic surgery
  • Exploratory surgery/biopsies, patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), persistent right aortic arch (PRAA), pericardiectomy, lung lobectomy, pyothorax, pneumothorax, pulmonary bulla, thoracic wall tumor removal, thoracic trauma
  • Abdominal/gastrointestinal surgery
  • Exploratory surgery/biopsies, portosystemic shunt, splenectomy, hernia repair, gastrointestinal surgery, liver tumor/lobectomy, gall bladder removal, cholecystoduodenostomy/jejunostomy, gastropexy to prevent or treat gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), adrenalectomy
  • Urogenital surgery
  • Ectopic ureters, perineal urethrostomy (PU), antepubic urethrostomy, scrotal urethrostomy, bladder/urethral stones, kidney removal, cryptorchidism, pyometra
  • Wound reconstruction
  • Intensive wound management, bandaging, skin flaps/grafts, wound biopsies/cultures
  • Skin/bone/oral/organ tumor removal, amputation, tumor staging
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Total ear canal ablation with lateral bulla osteotomy (TECA-LBO), lateral wall resection (Zepp), ventral bulla osteotomy, brachycephalic airway syndrome (elongated soft palate, stenotic nares, laryngeal saccules), cleft palate, sialocele (salivary cyst), thyroid tumor, laryngeal paralysis surgery, esophagostomy feeding tube, enucleation

Spinal surgery

Similar to humans, cats and dogs can experience issues with their nervous system that severely impact cognition, mobility and catalyze a myriad of other health issues.

The board-certified surgeons at Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham are equipped to work on a range of neurological conditions; from neurological disorders to spinal fracture and more.

By enhancing the neurologic functioning of your pet, we can alleviate pain and make sure that your pet enjoys the quality of life that they deserve.

Common types of neurosurgery procedures include the following.

  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Hemilaminectomy, fenestration, ventral slot
  • Lumbosacral Disease (LS disease/cauda equina syndrome)
  • Decompression +/- stabilization
  • Spinal fracture
  • Bone plate, pins/bone cement

OFA radiography procedures

The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals is dedicated to collecting and spreading important health information as it relates to the orthopedic and genetic disease of animals.

This information is crucial for breeders especially, as they have a direct responsibility to ensure the health of their dogs and cats and to ensure that they contribute to the overall genetic health of pets everywhere.

The OFA promotes the health and welfare of pets by minimizing the spread and impact of genetic disease and for that reason, Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham is proud to provide OFA certification to qualifying pets.

OFA requirements

To have your cat or dog considered for OFA certification, you must bring all registration information available on your pet directly to Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham for evaluation. This includes their registered name, number, microchip number and any other qualifying information.

Your pet’s microchip will be verified before radiography is commenced, as this is an explicit requirement made by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. All dogs must be sedated before receiving X-rays to ensure the quality and clarity of X-ray images.

Please also note that all dogs having X-rays for OFA certification must be at least two years old and already have a microchip.

To learn more about OFA certification and the requirements for certification, we recommend visiting

Board-certified surgeons

Our board-certified surgeons are dedicated to achieving remarkable results for your pet and ensuring that they leave our surgical center both happier and healthier than when they came. From all of us at Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham, thank you for allowing us the opportunity to serve both you and your pet.

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As always, we welcome you to reach out with absolutely any questions you may have! Whether you’re interested in learning more about OFA certification or have a question regarding any of our surgical procedures, contacting us is easy by calling (205) 967–9107.

Veterinary Specialists of Birmingham is dedicated to the total well-being of your pet and is proud to provide surgical care to the pet owners of Birmingham, Alabama and its local communities.