Surgical Procedures

Everyday, the surgeons at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson utilize their knowledge and experience to improve the lives of pets and their families. Dr. Ryan McCally is among the most experienced board-certified veterinary surgeons in the Southwest. Thanks to advancements in technology and their years of cumulative experience in performing, lecturing and teaching surgical techniques, surgeries such as TPLO, hip replacements, reconstruction of wounds and the curative excision of cancerous tumors are routine procedures.

To become board-certified in surgery, the veterinarian must pursue training that extends beyond the completion of the four-year doctor of veterinary medicine degree. Candidates must complete a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery, and then apply for a residency which will involve an additional three years of intense training in surgery. With successful passage of a grueling three-day examination given by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, the candidate becomes a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

The Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson’s surgical team is also highly experienced in monitoring the comfort level of your pet and ensuring the most pain-free experience possible. When you choose the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson, you are selecting the most experienced and very best specialty care hospital in the area. Our team of board-certified specialists, doctors and technicians routinely collaborate with each other and your referring veterinarian, to ensure that your pet receives the most compassionate, comprehensive care possible.

Further information regarding some of the procedures below can be found at

Surgical Services

  • OFA x-rays
  • Joint taps
  • Arthroscopy: Joint problem diagnosis and treatment
  • Cardiac surgery:
    • Heart surgery for congenital vascular defects
    • Pericardectomy
  • Oncologic surgery: Biopsies, Tumor removal or reduction
  • Orthopedics:
    • Cruciate Ligament Rupture Repair
      • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
      • Extracapsular Suture Stabilization
    • Total Hip Replacement (Cemented and Non-Cemented)
    • Triple Pelvic Osteotomy
    • Circular External Skeletal Fixation
    • Limb Deformity Correction and Alignment
    • Patellar Luxation Repair
    • Fracture Repair
    • Joint Luxation Repair
    • Joint Arthrodesis (Fusion)
    • Tendon and Ligament Repair
    • Limb and digit amputation for tumor removal
  • Soft Tissue surgery:
    • Ear Canal Resection and Ablation surgery
    • Liver and Gall Bladder biopsy, removal or by-pass
    • Portosystemic Shunts
    • Gastropexy (Stomach “Tacking”) to treat & prevent torsion
    • Intestinal resections
    • Spleen removal
    • Urinary Tract surgery
      • Nephrectomy (Kidney removal)
      • Ectopic Ureters
      • Cystotomy for bladder stones or tumor removal
      • Perineal and Scrotal Urethrostomy for urethral stones or strictures
      • Penile Amputation for tumor
      • Preputioplasty
  • Skin Plastic and Reconstructive surgery:
    • Wound management and reconstruction including skin flaps and grafts
    • Scar revision
    • Skin Fold surgery (nasal, forehead and vulvar folds)
  • Airway/Respiratory surgery:
    • Laryngeal surgery
    • Tracheal surgery
    • Brachycephalic breed upper airway surgery
      • Soft Palate Resection
      • Stenotic Nares Resection
      • Everted Laryngeal Saccules Excision
      • Tonsillectomy
    • Thoracic (chest) surgery
    • Lung lobe removal
    • Chest wall resection for tumors
    • CO2 Laser Surgery

To learn more about the specialized field of veterinary surgery, please visit the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.