Surgery - Small Animal

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center provides both emergency and elective surgeries for companion animals.

Lewis Small Animal Hospital

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Phone number

Lewis Small Animal Hospital
1365 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

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Orthopedic surgery

  • Fracture repair
  • Elbow joint replacement
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
  • Total Hip Replacement (THR)
  • Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)
  • Arthroscopy


  • Intervertebral disc surgery
  • Brachial plexus tumors
  • Craniotomy
  • Vertebral fracture repair

Thoracic surgery

  • Lung lobectomy
  • Pericardectomy
  • Cardiovascular surgery
  • Persistent right aortic arch repair
  • Patent ductus arteriosus occlusion (PDA)

Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Intestinal resection and anastamosis
  • Gastropexy
  • Gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV)
  • Subtotal colectomy
  • Liver lobectomy
  • Portal System Shunt ligation / occlusion (PSS)
  • Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopy

Reconstructive surgery

  • Tumor resections
  • Skin grafts and flaps
  • Wound debridement and repair

Head and neck surgery

  • Maxillectomy/mandibulectomy
  • Retrobulbar abscesses
  • Rhinotomy
  • Total ear canal ablation (TECA)
  • Soft palate resection

What to expect

Surgery is scheduled based on urgency. Elective cases are scheduled as soon as possible, however, there are no guarantees that surgery will be scheduled the day following the initial appointment. Priority is given to critical patients, fracture cases, oncology patients, and out-of-town clients.

Appointments may take two to four hours, especially if radiographs are needed.

See a list of estimates for common surgical costs (pdf).

Please note that this is only for general information, and it is not an estimate for your pet specifically.


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