Surgical Services Provided by Dr. Degner




  • TPLO and MRIT
  • Patella luxation correction
  • Arthroscopy
  • Open joint surgery
  • Fracture repair including mandibular and maxillary fracture repair
  • Ligament reconstruction
  • Tendon repair
  • Angular limb deformity correction


  • Liver lobectomy
  • Portosystemic shunt attenuation
  • Gall bladder and bile duct surgery
  • Gastric reconstruction and other stomach surgeries
  • Laparoscopic surgery
    • Gastropexy - prophylactic and therapeutic
    • Internal organ biopsy:  liver, intestine, pancreas, kidney, bladder, lymph nodes
    • Jejunostomy tube placement
    • Colopexy for prolapse rectum
    • Colostomy
    • Cystopexy
    • Cystotomy for stone removal
    • Cryptorchidectomy
    • Ovariectomy and ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Intestinal surgery and special duodenal reconstructive surgeries
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Colectomy
  • Ectopic ureter reconstruction
  • Urinary incontinence surgery
  • Nephrectomy
  • Bladder surgery
  • Ureteral stone removal using microsurgical techniques


  • Free tissue transfer
  • Limb reattachment (replantation)
  • Wound reconstruction
  • Limb-sparing surgery for distal radial bone tumors
  • Anti-drool lip tuck
  • Nasal fold excision
  • Ear ablation/bulla surgery


  • Soft tissue sarcoma excision
  • Skin tumor excision
  • Endocrine tumor excision
  • Abdominal organ tumor excision
  • Chest wall and chest organ tumor excision
  • Bone tumor excision - limb sparing surgery or amputation
  • Oral cavity tumor removal
  • Excision of many other tumors


  • Soft palate reconstruction
  • Laryngeal tie-back
  • Nasal and nasal cavity surgery
  • Tracheal surgery including tracheal collapse correction
  • Lung lobectomy
  • Thoroscopy - minimally invasive surgery
    • chest exploration to examine for metastatic disease
    • lung biopsy and lung lobectomy
    • pericardectomy


  • Laminectomy
  • Brain tumor excision
  • Spinal fracture repair
  • Atlantoaxial luxation stabilization
  • Nerve/muscle biopsy


  • Congenital heart defect surgery
    • PDA
    • Pulmonic stenosis
    • Ventricular septal defect
  • Pacemaker placement


  • Dr. Degner performs renal transplants in cats
  • Transplantation of kidneys in dogs is feasible, but the cost of medication and the ability to find a compatible donor very challenging.  The surgery done in dogs is easier than in cats as the vessels are larger.  Medication costs (cyclosporin) can be cost prohibitive in large dogs


  • CT scan of joints, chest, abdomen, spine, brain
  • Arthrograms
  • Ultrasound of tendons
  • Radiography (x-ray)
  • Interpretation of radiographs

Note:  this is not a complete list of all surgical services available

Board-certification by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons

What does it mean?

  • Four years of advanced training in surgery beyond the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree

  • Experience in the development of new surgical treatments

  • Rigorous examination by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons to ensure competency in advanced surgical techniques

  • Certifies that a veterinarian is a surgical specialist

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