North Georgia VRP offers a wide range of orthopedic and soft-tissue procedures for dogs and cats. Pets that receive surgical care at our referral practice are thoroughly monitored during all procedures and receive the highest level of post-surgical care possible.
Each referral is special to us. We try to present a relaxing, home-like office for your clients and their pets. We understand that it is important for you, the referring veterinarian, to work with a friendly and welcoming staff you have come to know, rather than a cold, clinical hospital setting.
NGVRP is equipped with a comprehensive surgery department including a complete surgical suite with state-of-the-art anesthetic and monitoring capabilities. Dr. Kinney is well-qualified and experienced in performing general, orthopedic, gastrointestinal and urologic surgery.
Some of the orthopedic procedures we perform at NGVRP include:
- Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (for CCL rupture)
- Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (for CCL rupture)
- Extracapsular Cranial Cruciate Ligament Stabilization
- Patellar Luxation Repair
- Hip Surgery – Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)
- Femoral Head & Neck Osteotomy
- Fracture Repair – Internal and External Fixation
- Bone Biopsy
- Limb Amputation
- Arthroscopic, Endoscopic and Ultrasound-Assisted Procedures
- Other Orthopedic Procedures
Some of the soft-tissue procedures that we perform include:
Gastro Intestinal Surgery
- Resection and Anastomosis
- Gastric Dilatation/Volvulus
- Surgical and endoscopic gastric foreign body removal
- Anal Sacculectomy
- Other GI Procedures
- Resection of bladder masses
- Urinary Stone Removal
North Georgia VRP is an extension of the care provided by your local primary veterinarian. We feel that the best results are obtained when you, your primary veterinarian and Dr. Kinney work together as a team.
Laparoscopy and Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that allows for direct visualization of the internal organs using a small, detailed camera called a laparoscope. Compared to large incisions needed in traditional surgeries, very small incisions are made for laparoscopic procedures. Laparoscopy can either be used to inspect and diagnose a condition or to perform surgery in the abdominal cavity. Surgeries can be either minor or complex. Laparoscopy is performed under general anesthesia.
The laparoscope consists of a long tube equipped with a lighted video camera on the end. Images from the camera are transmitted to a monitor, and the endoscope acts as the veterinarian's "eye", allowing for an up-close view of your pet's internal organs; a view that might otherwise require invasive surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery is at the cutting edge of veterinary surgery and is a giant step forward from traditional "open" exploratory surgery. Most exploratory surgeries are performed through a large incision in the abdomen in order to look inside, take biopsies or perform surgery on an organ. This large incision takes a long time to heal and the process is painful, resulting in your pet being hospitalized for several days for appropriate care and pain management.
In veterinary medicine, laparoscopic surgery is used for procedures including organ biopsies (liver and kidney), removing retained testicles, spays, gastropexies and more. Dr. Kinney has been performing laparoscopy and laparoscopic surgery on referral patients for more than 10 years. He has advanced training in laparoscopy and performs laparoscopic assisted procedures such as cystotomies, enterotomies and cryptorchid castrations.
Advantages to laparoscopic surgery:
- Shortened anesthesia time.
- Reduced blood loss
- Smaller incision which shortens recovery time
- Less pain and discomfort for your pet
- Faster recovery time
- Reduced exposure of internal organs to possible external contaminants, thereby reduced risk of acquiring infections
Please call Dr. Kinney or a member of our staff to see if a laparoscopic procedure may be beneficial for your referral patient.
Arthroscopy and Arthroscopic Surgery
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which an endoscope is inserted into the joint through a very small incision to allow access and visualization of internal structures. A video camera attached to the arthroscope displays the magnified image of the joint on a video monitor. Using arthroscopy, the veterinarian can visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint.
Although the inside of nearly all joints can be viewed with an arthroscope, three joints are most frequently examined. These include the knee, shoulder and elbow joints. Initially, arthroscopy was simply a diagnostic tool for planning standard "open" surgery, known as "arthrotomy". With development of better instrumentation and surgical techniques, many conditions can now be treated arthroscopically.
North Georgia VRP utilizes the latest arthroscopic technology to provide state of the art care to referral patients.
Dr Kinney has had experience examining and treating the following joint diseases arthroscopically:
- Knee: Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury, and Osteochondrosis
- Shoulder: Osteochondrosis Flap Removal, Diagnostic Arthroscopy, Biceps Tendon Tears/Tendonitis, Instability of the Shoulder due to Tearing of Collateral Ligaments
- Elbow: Fragmented Coronoid Process, Osteochondrosis
Advantages of arthroscopy:
- Superior visualization due to arthroscopic access and magnification
- Significantly lower pain level than with open joint surgery
- Earlier and better post-operative use of the limb
- Less chance of postsurgical osteoarthritis
Recovery Following Arthroscopic Surgery
The small buttonhole wounds where the arthroscope was inserted take approximately a week to heal. The joint itself may take up to 2 months for recovery. North Georgia VRP recommends and provides specific rehabilitation programs for dogs that have undergone arthroscopic procedures.