Our neurosurgeons are experienced in surgically managing diseases and injuries of the nervous system, including acute spinal cord injury, spinal fractures and luxations, congenital defects, and brain tumors. With conditions that affect the spinal cord, immediate intervention is often essential for faster pain relief and shorter recovery times. A surgeon at VRC is available 24/7 to perform advanced imaging of the spinal column for diagnosis and emergency surgery if needed.
Intervertebral disc rupture, one of the more common neurologic conditions seen in pets (especially dogs), is an example of one that may require emergency surgery to decompress the spinal cord, and we are always available to provide this service should the need arise. Once your pet has recovered from neurosurgery, our on-site physical rehabilitation services can help restore mobility and health.
Currently, VRC is one of only four hospitals in the United States to offer a revolutionary procedure proven to prevent thoracolumbar intervertebral disc herniation in dogs. Called Percutaneous Laser Disc Ablation (PLDA), this minimally-invasive, preemptive procedure provides dog owners of breeds predisposed to disc herniations (Dachshunds, Beagles, Bassett Hounds, French Bulldogs, etc.), with an option to offset future spinal issues.
Since PLDA is a minimally-invasive procedure, there are no cuts or stitches
in the dog’s vertebrae, muscle, or skin. Instead, small spinal needles are placed
into the dog’s disc space, where a thin fiber-optic laser is inserted through the
needle and directly into the nucleus of the disc. The energy produced from the laser liquefies the nucleus of the disc, reducing the chances of a future herniation. Recovery time is much quicker than other spinal surgeries, in fact, most dogs go home the next day!
Click Here to download our PLDA brochure and find out if this safe and effective procedure is right for your dog.
Other neurosurgical procedures that we offer include:
Atlantoaxial stabilization: Atlantoaxial instability is typically diagnosed in very young toy and small breed dogs and is most often caused by a congenital malformation.
Brain tumor biopsy and removal: We can remove most or all of a brain tumor or cancerous tissue to help improve longevity and quality of life in some patients with brain cancer.
Muscle and nerve biopsy: We can perform and evaluate tissue samples to aid in the diagnosis of various neuromuscular diseases.
Spinal fracture stabilization: After a traumatic spinal injury, we can help restore and preserve mobility through surgical intervention and proper rehabilitative aftercare.