Oral, Airway & Neck Surgery

Tooth Extraction
We extract diseased or fractured teeth, including 4th upper pre-molars and canine teeth.

Cleft Palate Repair
This is a procedure we most commonly perform in young animals between three and six months old. We use various techniques, but usually the procedure entails rotation of a mucosal flap from the palate or cheek.

Oral Tumor Removal
Both partial mandibulectomies and maxillectomies are performed to remove more invasive oral tumors which would re-grow with less aggressive surgery.

Stenotic Nares Repair
This procedure opens the nares of brachycephalic dogs that are having trouble breathing.

Overlong Soft Palate Resection
Excess soft palate occurs frequently in brachycephalic dogs. When severe it results in choking, gagging, and even airway obstruction. Resection of excess soft palate relieves this.

Everted Saccule Removal
Another problem for bulldogs, pugs, and other brachycephalic breeds occurs when the saccules behind the vocal cord bulge into the airway, obstructing breathing. We remove these surgically.

Arytenoid Lateralization
This is a surgical procedure utilized to relieve laryngeal paralysis. Laryngeal paralysis is a condition of older large breed dogs in which the airway paradoxically closes down when the dog inhales. In arytenoid lateralization surgery, the airway is tied open on one side.

Permanent Tracheotomy
This is a salvage procedure for dogs with irreparable upper airway disease or trauma.

Thyroidectomy
This surgery is for removal of thyroid tumors. Thyroid tumors can be extremely vascular. We use surgical clips to minimize bleeding and decrease surgery time.

Salivary Mucocele Repair
Salivary mucoceles result from an injury or obstruction of a salivary duct. Repair entails removal of the injured or diseased gland and duct.

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