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Our surgeons have contributed to the development of some of the most advanced surgical procedures in the field of veterinary medicine, and have access to the same kind of advanced state of the art equipment that you would find in a human hospital.


In addition to a wealth of expertise and training, our surgery department has the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment in order to provide the best surgical management of our patients’ conditions. These include, but are not limited to the following: cavitron ultrasonic aspirator (CUSA); arthroscopic and laparoscopic towers for minimally-invasive surgery; total hip replacement instrumentation; and stereotactic MRI assisted brain biopsy equipment.

Some of the surgeries we perform at LIVS include

Soft Tissue

  • Gastric dilatation/volvulus (GDV or “bloat”)
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Intestinal cancer
  • Perineal hernia
  • Perianal fistulas
  • Anal gland conditions (abscess, cancer)
  • Tumor resection
  • Gall bladder disorders (obstruction, infection)
  • Kidney disorders (cancer, infection, etc)
  • Urinary bladder disorders
  • Disorders of the spleen (torsion, cancer)
  • Disorders of the adrenal glands
  • Lung disorders (cancer, torsion, infection, bullae)
  • Cardiac disorders (congenital disorders, cancer)
  • Reconstructive surgery (after injury, mass removal, burns, etc)
  • Ear disease (infection, cancer)
  • Upper airway disease (laryngeal paralysis, brachycephalic airway syndrome, tracheal collapse)



  • Fractures
  • Cranial cruciate rupture (knee joint-intracapsular and extracapsular repair)
  • Patellar luxation
  • Hip dysplasia (total hip replacement, triple pelvic osteotomy)
  • Elbow dysplasia (coronoid fragment removal)
  • Bone cancer
  • Bone infections
  • Congenital bone malformations


  • Neurologic Diagnostic Procedures
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response  (BAER)
  • Nerve Conduction Velocity  (NCV)
  • Radiography
  • Myelogram
  • CT Scan
  • MRI
  • Epiduragram
  • Diskography
  • CSF Tap
  • Electroencephalogram  (EEG)
  • Electromyogram (EMG)
  • Sensory / Motor Evoked Potentials  (SEP, MEP)


Spinal Disease

  • Caudal Cervical Spinal Myelopathy  (Wobbler Syndrome)
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Diskospondylitis
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease
  • Spinal Fracture / Luxation
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Atlanto-Axial Luxation
  • Lumbosacral Disease
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome

Intracranial Disease

  • BrainTumor Removal
  • Hydrocephalus Shunting


  • Tumor Removal
  • Amputation
  • Limb Sparing Procedures
  • Reconstructive

Minimally Invasive


  • Fragmented Coronoid
  • Osteochondrosis
  • United Anconeal Process


  • Exploratory
  • Biopsies



  • Feeding Tube Placement
  • Exploratories
  • Biopsies  


  • Biopsies
  • Foreign Body Removal
  • Exploratory


  • Pericardectomy
  • Lung Lobectomy
  • Biopsies

Rehabilitation/Acupuncture/Chiropractic Care

  • Acupuncture
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Fitness and Obesity Programs
  • Hydrotherapy / Whirpool Therapy
  • Land and Under-water Treadmill
  • Massage Therapy
  • Swimming Therapy
  • Therapeutic Heat and Cryotherapy
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound 
  • Therapist Directed Corrective Exercises

Seizure Management

  • Traditional Therapy
  • Clinical Trials

Vascular Event

  • Fibrocartilagenous Emboli
  • Stroke

Stem Cell Therapy

The unique ability of stem cells to mature into cells with specialized functions makes them useful for repairing certain body tissues damaged by injury or disease. Long Island Veterinary Specialists is now harnessing the power of these cells by offering stem cell therapy for the treatment of chronic arthritis. Stem cell therapy uses an animal’s own stem cells which are capable of dividing and differentiating into a variety of cell types (such as cartilage, bone, or muscle). In areas of injury or disease, stem cells respond to signaling to allow healing and promote regeneration of injured tissues. The most common clinical application for stem cell therapy is currently chronic arthritis.

The process involves three key steps:

  1. The veterinarian collects a small fat sample from the patient during a short surgical procedure and the sample is shipped overnight to the stem cell laboratory
  2. The stem cell laboratory processes the fat sample to concentrate the stem cells and the stem cells are shipped overnight back to LIVS
  3. The veterinarian injects the stem cells into the patient at the injured site


Surgery Team


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