Surgical expertise

When your pet is suffering with an illness and you are told they need to have surgery, you need to know that you will have the right surgical team by your side.

And when you’re a vet with a patient that needs referral to a specialist surgeon, you want to give your patient and their owner the assurance that you are placing them in the right surgical hands.

The surgical team at VSOS are second to none. We have exceptional expertise and experience in veterinary surgery.

We have trained in prominent international institutions, including the Royal Veterinary College in London and the Animal Medical Center (AMA) in New York. And our surgeons, led by Dr Andrew Levien, are leading specialists in orthopaedic surgery, neurological surgery and soft tissue reconstructive surgery.

Orthopaedic surgery

Dr Andrew Levien is a standout as a veterinary orthopaedic surgeon for a number of reasons. Not only did he work with the world-leading surgeons who created the hip replacement procedure used in veterinary medicine globally today. He also completed a three-year surgical residency at the renowned Animal Medical Center (AMC) in the United States.

What makes Dr Levien a leader in his field is his extensive experience and the results he has achieved for his patients with the surgeries he has performed. He has faced every surgical challenge there is… and overcome it to give his patients a better quality of life.

Orthopaedic surgeries can require more invasive techniques, which is why our team puts your pet’s welfare first and foremost, and implements the right plans to manage pain and recovery.

Surgical Suite

We perform many complex orthopaedic surgeries, including:

  • Angular limb deformity
  • Amputations
  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthrodesis
  • Corkscrew tail
  • Cranial cruciate ligament surgery
    • TPLO (link to X-ray guide)
    • CBLO
    • TTA
    • DeAngelis and others
  • Elbow including TER, CUE, PAUL, and arthroscopy
  • Fractures
  • Hemipelvectomy
  • Joint surgery
Andrew Levien
  • Ligament and tendon repairs
    • Achilles repair
    • Biceps and infraspinatus tendon
    • Medial shoulder instability
    • Supraspinatus tendinopathy
  • Luxation of joints
    • Elbow
    • Hip toggle
    • Hock (ankle)
  • Orofacial surgery
    • Mandibulectomy
    • Maxillectomy
  • Patella luxation
  • Pelvic
    • Double/triple pelvic osteotomy
    • Femoral head ostectomy
    • Juvenile pubic symphsiodesis
  • Total hip replacement
    • Nano/micro
    • Medium, large and giant breeds.

Soft tissue surgery

Soft tissue surgery is when we operate on the muscles, the skin, or areas such as the chest or abdomen. The surgical team at VSOS performs a huge range of soft tissue surgeries to treat wounds that are caused by trauma to the body, examine the causes of any gastrointestinal complaints like blockages or perforations, remove tumours, repair skin or muscle wounds in case of an injury, and drain abscesses or cysts.

VSOS Surgeons

The soft tissue surgeries we specialise in include:

  • Abdominal
  • Airway surgery
  • Anal sacculectomy
  • Ear surgery
  • Episiotomy
  • Hernia repair
  • Lymph node excision
  • Mass removals
  • Pharyngeal repair
  • Sialocele/mucocele removal
  • Thoracic/thoracotomy
  • Thyroidectomy/parathyroidectomy
  • Urethrostomy

Patient stories

“Karina, and all of the vet nurses and vet specialists at VSOS, have such incredible empathy."
On the hardest day of Jimmy Barnes' life, the VSOS team was there.

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