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South Asheville Veterinary Emergency & Specialty


Our board-certified veterinary surgeons have experience with a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, and can handle the most challenging procedures.

Gray Dog Wearing a Cone with Veterinarian


When your pet needs surgery, you want a highly skilled and experienced team to handle their care. Our board-certified veterinary surgeons have experience with a variety of soft tissue and orthopedic surgeries, and can handle the most challenging procedures. Soft tissue surgeries involve a pet’s skin, muscles, and organs, while orthopedic surgeries involve their bones, joints, and supporting structures.

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What diagnostics will be performed before my pet’s surgery?

Prior to your pet’s surgery, our veterinary surgeons may use a variety of diagnostic tests to gain as much information about their case as possible. Some of these diagnostics may require sedation or anesthesia. Diagnostics that may be used include:

  • Blood work

  • X-rays

  • Ultrasound

  • Computed tomography (CT)

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

What surgical procedures are performed at South Asheville Veterinary Emergency and Specialty?

Soft tissue surgeries performed by our SAVES surgeons include:

Tumor removal

Internal and external masses or tumors ranging from simple to complex

Gastrointestinal surgery

Foreign body removal, intestinal resection and anastomosis, stomach surgery (e.g., gastropexy, GDV, resection)

Spleen removal

Spleen Removal

Liver and gallbladder surgery

Liver lobectomy, gallbladder removal, liver shunt surgery, biliary diversion

Cardiothoracic surgery

Lung lobectomy, chylothorax and pyothorax treatment, PDA ligation, vascular ring anomaly surgery

Urogenital surgery

Cystotomy, nephrectomy, ectopic ureter treatment, ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy, urethral and ureteral blockage

Hernia surgery

Diaphragmatic, perineal, inguinal, umbilical, and traumatic hernia repair

Head and neck surgery

Ear canal ablation, parathyroid mass removal, thyroidectomy, salivary gland and lymph node removal

Respiratory tract surgery

Brachycephalic airway, laryngeal paralysis

Wound care and reconstruction

Wound care and reconstruction

Minimally invasive surgery

Laparoscopy and thoracoscopy

Orthopedic surgeries performed by our SAVES surgeons include:

Cranial cruciate ligament rupture treatment

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), lateral suture (extracapsular) stabilization

Treatment of hip conditions

Femoral head ostectomy, hip luxation repair

Fracture repair

Dynamic compression and locking plate repair, external fixator placement

Ligament and tendon repair or reconstruction

Collateral ligaments, patellar ligament, common calcaneal tendon

Patellar luxation repair

Patellar luxation repair

Angular limb deformity correction

Angular limb deformity correction




Shoulder, elbow, stifle arthroscopy

Joint injections

Platelet Rich Plasma, hyaluronic acid, steroid injections

Although surgery often involves making an incision, we use minimally invasive techniques (e.g., arthroscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy) when possible, and when they will lead to the best outcomes. In some cases, an endoscope (i.e., a small camera) can be inserted into a small incision to guide the surgery instead of a large incision being made for visualization.

Will my pet require anesthesia?

Yes, anesthesia is used to ensure pets do not feel any pain or discomfort during surgery. However, many pet owners are understandably concerned about their pet undergoing anesthesia. While anesthesia always involves a small degree of risk, we use the safest medications and techniques available to ensure the best outcome for your pet. Our anesthesia team performs a thorough diagnostic workup prior to your pet’s procedure to gain valuable insight into their health status. Our board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist then uses that information to create a customized anesthetic protocol, so you can rest assured that your pet’s plan will include the medications that will be the most appropriate for their condition.

How will my pet’s pain be managed?

Pain management is one of our top priorities. Our anesthesia team will assess your pet’s pain level prior to their procedure, and formulate a specific pain management protocol for their condition. Patients typically receive pain medication before surgery, because preventing pain is easier than treating it once it has developed. Additionally, we believe that no pet should endure unnecessary discomfort. During surgery, the anesthesia medications used will also prevent pain. During your pet’s surgical recovery, our anesthesia team will monitor their pain levels closely, and provide pain medication as necessary throughout their hospital stay. In order to best prevent and treat pain following surgery, many pets will stay in the hospital for monitoring post-operatively. Most pets also go home with pain medication that you will administer during their extended recovery.

If your pet requires an advanced or complex surgery, talk to your family veterinarian about a referral to our team of board-certified veterinary surgeons.