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The Department of surgical services was established over 40 years ago by Dr. Anthony Palminteri, founder of Oradell Animal Hospital and followed shortly thereafter by co-owner Dr. William Stockman. Drs. Palminteri and Stockman received specialized surgical training at the ASPCA’s Henry Bergh Memorial Hospital in New York City, and Dr. Palminteri was among the first group of veterinary surgeons to be certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 1968.

Today, Oradell Animal Hospital has three board certified surgeons on staff who maintain the highest surgical standards while performing the latest techniques in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Our state-of-the-art facility contains special surgical suites dedicated to general, orthopedic, and cardiovascular surgeries, laparoscopy and arthrosocopy.

Tibial tuberosity advancement for the treatment of tearing of the cranial cruciate ligament in dogs.

Tearing of the cranial (or anterior) cruciate ligament CrCL in dogs commonly occurs in middle aged, overweight dogs, but we have seen it in dogs as young as 10 months old.  The limp or lameness can happen suddenly or it can wax and wane for months.  Anti-inflammatory medications will help the knee to feel better, but in dogs over 15 to 20 pounds, surgery is required to achieve the best possible outcome.  In medium to large breed dogs the treatment of choice at Oradell Animal Hospital is tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA).  The joint is inspected for degree of arthritis and the medial meniscus is examined because 1/3 of dogs with a CrCL tear will also tear the meniscus.  Then, instead of trying to replace the ligament, the forces around the knee are adjusted by moving the front of the lower bone (tibia) forward to stabilize the joint.  This action eliminates the force pushing the tibia forward when the CrCL is not functioning properly.  This involves cutting the bone and placing a titanium spacer in order to keep the bone in its new position.  Additionally, a plate is applied to reinforce the repair.

Following surgery, the knee needs to be protected from overuse by having the dog refrain from running, jumping, rough play, or fast stairs.  Walking is encouraged as part of a detailed postoperative rehabilitation plan.  Pain medications and antibiotics are routinely used following orthopedic surgery.  Typically, the patient is seen at 2 weeks for staple or suture removal and again at 2 months for recheck x-rays of the knee to assess bone healing.   At this time an increase in activity back to a normal level is expected.  Many dogs will tear their other knee’s CrCL, so keeping them lean and active to improve muscle strength is important.

Miller JM, Shires PK, Lanz OI, Martin RA, Grant JW. Effect of 9mm tibial tuberosity advancement on the canine cranial cruciate deficient stifle. Vet Surg 2007;36:335-340.

Hoffmann DE, Miller JM, Ober CP, Lanz OI, Martin RA, Shires PK. Tibial tuberosity advancement in 65 canine stifles. Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2006;19:219-227.

Laparoscopic and Thoracoscopic Surgical Procedures

Oradell Animal Hospital is proud to offer a variety of abdominal and thoracic surgery completed in a minimally invasive manner.  Dr. Miller, one of our board-certified small animal surgeons, has over a decade of training in laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgical procedures.  Laparoscopy is the use of a small (5mm) camera and similar sized instruments to performed surgery inside of the body without large incisions with massive tissue exposure.  The benefits of this technique include smaller incisions, less postoperative pain, lower infection rates and a shorter duration of the hospital stay.

            Spaying is done on female dogs and cats to eliminate the possibility of pregnancy, prevent breast cancer, and reduce behavioral problems.  This spay procedure can be performed in the traditional open abdomen method or as a laparoscopic procedure.  Following a laparoscopic spay, there is less pain and less tissue trauma.

            Some liver diseases will require a tissue biopsy in order to diagnose the disease.  A small needle biopsy can be performed with ultrasound guidance, but often the sample is too small to make a diagnosis and the risk of bleeding is higher.  With a laparoscopic liver biopsy, the surgeon can visualize the site for biopsy and manage any bleeding more securely.  Multiple areas can also be easily sampled.  This is usually an outpatient procedure.

            GDV, or stomach bloat and twisting, is a common, life-threatening disease that occurs in older large breed dogs.  This causes stomach damage and requires emergency surgery to untwist the stomach and prevent future twisting.  In large breeds with a deep chest, a procedure to tack the stomach down can be performed at the time of neuter or spay to prevent GDV later in life.  This procedure can be performed laparoscopically with smaller incisions and less pain.

Many other minimally invasive procedures can be accomplished effectively now:

Adrenal gland removal

Gall bladder removal

Organ biopsy

Pericardial sac removal

Lung biopsy

Cryptorchid testis removal

Feeding tube placement

Tumor biopsy

Persistent right aortic arch resection


Doctors in Surgery

Carol Carberry, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS

Dr. Carberry received her veterinary degree at Cornell University. She completed an internship in general medicine and surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital and then a surgical residency at Cornell University. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her special interests include soft tissue surgery, orthopedics and neurosurgery. She has been at Oradell since 1987. Her spare time is spent mostly outdoors, where she cycles, runs and canoes.

Jonathan Miller, DVM,MS,DACVS (Surgery)

Dr. Miller received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois, completed a rotating internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College, a surgical internship in Houston, and completed a residency in surgery at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Miller has interests in both general and orthopedic surgery with a special interest in laparoscopy and arthroscopy.

Arthur A. Fettig, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS

Dr. Fettig received his DVM from Purdue University. He completed a general internship at the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and completed a small animal surgery residency at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Fettig is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Fettig is proficient in general and orthopedic surgery. He also enjoys spending his free time with his wife Pam who is also a veterinarian. They share their home with their dog Rhiannon and their three cats, Asti, Tim and Curtis.

Casey Murphy, VMD

Dr. Murphy received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and her bachelor's degree from the George Washing University. Her veterinary interests include surgery and emergency medicine. In her free time, Dr. Murphy enjoys playing soccer and spending time with her family, friends, and cats Leopold and Guinness.