6110 Creston Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50321
Phone(515) 280-3100

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Veterinary Surgery

Iowa Veterinary Specialties provides a wide range of surgical services should surgery be necessary, including emergency surgery when needed.

Below is a list of surgeries that can be provided.

Soft Tissue Surgical Services

  • Brachycephalic airway syndrome
  • Laryngeal paralysis
  • Collapsing trachea
  • Mass excision & reconstruction
  • Advanced endocrine surgery
  • Perineal hernia repair
  • Diaphragmatic hernia repair
  • Traumatic body wallhernia repair
  • Splenectomy
  • Lymph node excision
  • Gastric dilatation/volvulus
  • Gastric and intestinal foreign bodies & masses
  • Porto-systemic shunt (PSS) attenuation
  • Cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal)
  • Cholecystoenterostomy
  • Subtotal colectomy (for feline megacolon)
  • Anal sacculectomy
  • Perineal urethrostomy
  • Cleft palate reconstruction

Orthopedic Surgical Services

  • Limb amputation
  • Maxilectomy and Mandibulectomy
  • Spinal fracture repair
  • Hemilaminectomy and ventral slot decompression for inter- vertebral disc extrusion
  • Muscle and tendon injury eval- uation and repair
  • Hip luxation repair
  • Joint arthrodesis
  • Triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO) for canine hip dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation repair
  • Lateral Suture (extracapsular) Stabilization
  • IM pins and cerclage wires
  • Minimally invasive fracture repair options
  • Surgical treatment for Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) rupture
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • External skeletal fixation

Laparoscopy & Thoracoscopy

Minimally invasive approach for surgical exploration, treatment and obtainment of diagnostic biopsies for a myriad of diseases including liver diseases, pericardial diseases, and kidney diseases using an endoscope.

Reconstructive Surgery

Cosmetic and functional restoration following traumatic or surgical events necessitating skin flap, skin graft or muscular graft transposition.

Canine Rehabilitation Center

The ISU Canine Rehabilitation Center offers complementary therapy for patients who have orthopedic or neurologic injuries, as well as many other conditions. For example, rehabilitation can be used as an exercise program for the obese, arthritic, or geriatric patient. It can also be used as a conditioning therapy to help service animals such as police dogs or athletes get into top shape prior to competition.  Learn More.

Call (515) 280-3100 today to schedule a surgery consult.

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Cancer In Pets

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IVS Partner's in Progress CE Event 2019

On April 3, 2019 there were twenty-one speakers offering the second annual ISU – IVS Partners in Progress CE Event at the Des Moines Botanical Center. This CE Event was open to all... read more >

"All the Vet techs and receptionists were nothing but phenomenal and soooo understanding!"

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