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Orthopedic Surgery

VOSM was one of the first canine orthopedic sub-specialty groups in the world. The specialists at VOSM are even further sub-specialized into the disciplines of sports medicine, joint replacement, trauma, juvenile orthopedic conditions, regenerative medicine and orthopedic surgical oncology, as well as conservative medical management and rehabilitation treatments for osteoarthritis and soft tissue injuries.


The sub-specialty orthopedic surgeons at VOSM are leaders in their field and are actively engaged in research and development, lecturing and teaching at a national and international level.


Due to our high success rate for excellent surgical outcomes, VOSM receives patients from all over the country and across the world. Universities, other specialty veterinary groups and general practice veterinarians all refer patients and entrust us with returning their own companion and performance dogs to full activity.


The surgeons at VOSM have performed thousands of procedures for cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) tears and are extremely experienced in all CCL techniques including TPLO, TTA, TightRope and extracapsular stabilization.


VOSM is one of the world's leading groups for arthroscopy, using it as both a diagnostic and therapeutic tool. Conditions for all joints (shoulder, elbow, carpus, hip, stifle, hock) and all patients (dogs and cats) can and should have procedures performed arthroscopically. This is the standard of care in humans and horses and should be for your companion as well.


VOSM has a productive and highly successful total hip replacement system. Our success rates are much higher and complications much lower than those reported in industry publications.


Limb salvage procedures for cancer, regenerative medicine for soft tissue, joint injections for osteoarthritis and orthopedic devices (braces, slings, prosthetics, etc.) are all utilized at VOSM.


Included in VOSM's state-of-the-art facility is an advanced gait analysis system, which helps to objectively assess dogs for injury as well as provide a baseline for follow-up orthopedic assessments.


The process begins with an orthopedic consultation to provide a definitive diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan.


Below, we've included an image of a dog. When you hover over various parts of the body (Neck & Spine, Hip, Shoulder, Elbow, Carpus, Hip, Knee, Ankle, Foot), you'll see a list of possible conditions. You can also click on the various parts of the body to be directed to more information.


Orthopedic Surgery Specialists


Dr. Sherman Canapp | Dr. Chris Leasure | Dr. Michael DeTora | Dr. Michelle Trappler |Dr. David Mason | Dr. Jonathan Dyce


Our specialists have extensive experience treating dogs with each of these conditions and can provide you with treatment options - both surgical and non-surgical - to allow your canine athlete the ability to return to full function.


Neck & Spine: Wobbler Disease Shoulder: Genetic Cartilage Defects (OCD), Fracture, Panosteitis Elbow: Elbow Dysplasia, Fragmented Medial Coronoid Process, Genetic Cartilage Defects (OCD), Joint Incongruency, Jump Down Syndrome (Traumatic Fragmented Medial Coronoid Process), Medial Compartment Disease, Ununited Anconeal Process Tarsal OCD Knee: CCL Tear, OCD, Medial Patellar Luxation, Lateral Patellar Luxation Tarsal OCD Hip & Groin: Hip Dysplasia, Hip Luxation Neck & Spine: Wobbler Disease, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Lumbosacral Disease, FCE (Stroke), Cancer Hip & Groin: Hip Dysplasia, Hip Luxation, Hip Osteoarthritis, Gracilis Myopathy, Illiopsoas Strain (Groin) Achilles Tendon Injury, Flexor Carpi Ulnar Strain Foot & Heel: OCD, Osteoarthritis, Sprain, Hyperextension Foot & Heel: OCD, Osteoarthritis, Sprain, Hyperextension Shoulder: Supraspinatus Tendinopathy, Biceps Tendinopathy, Rotator Cuff Injury (Medial Shoulder Syndrome/Instability), Osteoarthritis Elbow: Jump Down Syndrome (Traumatic Fragmented Medial Coronoid Process) Knee: CCL Injury, OCD, Medial Patellar Luxation, Lateral Patellar Luxation, Meniscal Injury, Osteoarthrits Neck & Spine: Wobbler Disease, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), Lumbosacral Disease, FCE (Stroke), Cancer Shoulder: Cancer, Osteoarthritis Elbow: Jump Down Syndrome (Traumatic Fragmented Medial Coronoid Process), Osteoarthritis Knee: CCL Injury, OCD, Medial Patellar Luxation, Lateral Patellar Luxation, Meniscal Injury, Osteoarthritis, Cancer Hip & Groin: Hip Dysplasia, Hip Luxation, Hip Osteoarthritis, Illiopsoas Strain, Gracilis Myopathy Achilles Tendon Injury, Flexor Carpi Ulnar Strain



Additional Procedures Performed At VOSM


  • Achilles Tendon Repair
  • Amputations
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Bone Biopsies
  • Bone Grafts
  • Distraction Osteogenesis
  • Iliac Fracture
  • Implant Removal
  • Joint Blocks
  • Luxating Patella Repair (MPL/LPL)
  • Mass Removal
  • Meniscal Repair
  • Radiofrequency Treatment
  • Radius/Ulna Fractures
  • Sacroiliac Luxation
  • Tarsal Fusion
  • Tibial Fractures
  • Ulnar Ostectomy
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