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Veterinary Surgery at The Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware
Two board-certified surgeons at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware (VSCD) have the advanced training, education, and experience that, combined with our state-of-the-art technology, make them the best veterinary surgical team in the area.

Our surgeons, Drs. Mark Cofone and Scott Roberts, work closely with your family veterinarian and other VSCD specialists when necessary to ensure that your pet gets the best medical and surgical attention available.


Veterinary orthopedics deals with conditions of the musculoskeletal system of pets.

  • Arthroscopic surgery—As a minimally invasive procedure, arthroscopy involves using pencil-sized instruments inserted through a small incision. The instruments have a small camera and lighting system so the veterinarians can see the interior of the joint for diagnosis and treatment of joint problems including, but not limited to OCD, ligament tears, and fracture repair.
  • Cruciate ligament repair surgery—Tearing of the cranial cruciate ligament is a common orthopedic problem in dogs that creates instability and discomfort and often leaves them unwilling to use one or both hind legs. Our surgeons are able to use the most current surgical techniques to stabilize the knee and get your pet walking on the leg again including:
    • Tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA)
    • Lateral suture
    • Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Total hip replacement (THR)—In cases of severe osteoarthritis of the hip (hip dysplasia), sometimes a complete replacement of the ball and socket of the hip joint is required. The surgeons at VSCD have more than 20 years of combined experience in performing this procedure and use the most state-of-the-art techniques.
  • Patellar luxation—When trauma or congenital defect affect the shape of the knee, instability in the knee cap can result and can cause the knee cap to pop out of position. Surgery is often required to repair this condition and stop damage to the cartilage around the knee.
  • Trauma surgeries—Repairing fractures, ligament injuries, and other bone, joint, and tendon conditions.
  • Congenital and developmental bone deformity treatment—As they grow, dogs and cats can sometimes develop deformities affecting the bones, joints, and ligaments requiring surgical solutions. Our surgeons use advanced imaging to correctly diagnose and plan surgery to return your pet's legs to the shape they were meant to be.
  • Sports medicine—Sporting and working dogs are often called upon to be exceptional athletes. Treating injuries and developing a rehabilitation plan allowing the athlete to return to the sport or work in which he or she is involved requires special planning and care. Our surgeons work closely with our VSCD rehabilitation doctors to ensure the quickest possible return to tip-top shape.

Soft Tissue Surgeries

  • Cancer surgery—Depending on the type of cancer being treated, surgery is sometimes an important part of the pet’s overall treatment. Our surgeons work closely with our oncology team to devise the best treatment plan for your pet.
  • Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures—As a minimally invasive procedure, a small incision is used to insert instruments and a small camera with light to perform diagnostic and treatment procedures in the abdomen or chest of the pet.
  • Abdominal and thoracic surgeries—More invasive surgeries requiring a full incision in the abdomen or chest can be safely performed by our surgical specialists for a variety of treatment situations. Because pain management is an essential part of all of our surgical procedures at VSCD, we work closely with the anesthesia team to safely and with as little discomfort as possible get your pet through surgery and back to good health.
  • Wound treatment—Using advanced techniques and technology, our surgeons can address a wide variety and severity of wounds.
Veterinary Surgery at The Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware

Spinal Neurosurgery

Surgeries involving a pet’s spine and nervous system can be very involved. Our experienced surgical staff combined with the backing of our specialists and our advanced imaging and surgical technology make the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware the best option for spinal neurosurgery in the area.

  • Disc disease—Similar to humans, pets can have disease in the disks of the back. Our advanced technology allows for accurate diagnosis and excellent treatment options for dogs and cats.
  • Wobbler Syndrome—Compression of disks in a dog’s neck leads to this condition characterized by a wobbly gait. Surgery is often the treatment of choice and our surgeons have the expertise needed to offer the best results.

The surgeons of the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware will provide you with the information you need to make the right choice for your pet and will utilize the most state-of-the-art techniques and instrumentation to ensure the best outcome.

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