To cut or not to cut... Whether CO2 Laser or "cold steel" it

is important to know when and how to approach medical problems...

from the inside!

Surgery is one of the skilled portions of a veterinarians duties. All veterinarians are trained in basic surgical skills in medical school, and others continue to gain experience, expanding their abilities and thus the opportunities to help their patients. In some cases, the surgical offerings are limited not by skill of the surgeon, but by the availability of expensive equipment required to perform the surgery. If there isn't a specific passion to perform those surgeries, or enough cases to warrant the expense, then the procedure isn't offered.
We have committed ourselves to tackling the learning curve for a host of surgical procedures, and investing in the equipment to facilitate this. We DO NOT try to pass ourselves off as board certified surgeons and DO NOT try to trick people into thinking we can do what we can't. We do, however, appreciate that not every family is able to invest the kind of money that may be charged at a referral center, and we aim to provide a reasonable alternative so that pets aren't unnecessarily lost. Dr. Will has completed advanced courses in both orthopedic surgery (at Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine) and Laser Surgery (at Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine) providing some advanced surgical skills above and beyond typical graduates.
Exciting New News!!! More advanced Training

Now offering the Tibial Tuberocity Advancement (TTA) procedure for Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament repair!!!

Dr. Will has completed training in the Tibial Tuberocity Advancement (TTA) technique of Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligament repair. This exciting procedure is comparable in most dogs to the TPLO which has been the Gold Standard of repair. Unless there are angular limb deformities or extremes in the tibial plateau angulation (things we can identify on presurgical x-rays), TTA is being found to have a lower complication rate and quicker recovery times than the TPLO. We definitely recommend you explore all surgical options for your pet following an injury or illness. While we will still gladly refer you for TPLO surgery we are excited to provide a newer, less expensive, and truely comperable technique for your pet. For more information on the TTA procedure, please read this informational document on the TTA by the surgeon who trains veterinarians all over the world, and from whom Dr. Will received his training.

More TTA Training!

Never being content, Dr. Will went back for more continued training and attended the first ever Masters Level Course in TTA surgical knee correction. Continued reinforcement of the latest techniques as well as advanced problems solving were studied, and there was great reassurance that this is indeed a viable and successful way to approach the rupture of crucaiate ligaments in dogs. Further, we have now had the chance to cut our teeth with the TTA surgical procedure for Ruptured Cranial Cruciate knee repair, and we love it. We have been blessed with a fantastic success rate with very few complications. The complications we have had are inherent in this type of correction of such a devistating injury, but continue to be infrequent and typically temporary in nature. We covet simple and easy, and loathe anything that threatens to rob our patients of complete healing. So far, the TTA really seems to be that good of a surgical technique and we feel increasingly confident to offer this as a choice on the treatment menu for knee injuries for your dog.

Consider contacting us for more information about TTA correction of Ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligaments in your dog if knee tragedy strikes.

Laser (Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation)

One of the newest additions to a veterinary surgeon's instruments is a surgical laser. A laser "cuts" tissues through focused light which superheats and evaporates the material in it's way. There are certain procedures which seem to benefit from this modern approach, such as declaws (less bleeding, swelling, and pain) and tumor surgeries. There remains controversy to the benefits of such an instrument and a Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine study suggested NO clinically relevant difference in recovery in cats having been declawed with a laser vs. the traditional approach. The biggest complication has been the cost. Some clinics charge a premium to perform laser surgery, espousing the virtues, and then attaching an additional price tag, possibly preying on people's emotions. We love our laser, and use it when appropriate, for no extra cost. We don't charge extra for clean, sterile instruments or surgical lights. The laser is not a gimmick to us, but a tool to allow us to perform better medicine, when appropriate. We don't go out of our way to use the laser for things which don't benefit the pet, just to increase the bill. And you can trust that it will be used if the benefits of this device to your pet's recovery, healing, or long term prognosis dictate. Feel free to ask us about laser surgery so you can be informed and make the best possible choice for your pet. It won't cost you!

Important News!!!! We're even better trained!

Having completed both basic and advanced surgical laser training with Dr. Godbold at Ohio State Veterinary College has opened doors to not only greater skill with a CO2 laser through two days of lecture and over 8 hours of surgical laser time with this world renowned surgical laser specialist. Procedures that benefit from Laser surgery and which were taught during these courses include: Canine neutering, anal sacculectomy, surgical bark softening (debarking), nasal resections in brachycephalic animals (boxers, bostons, pugs, bull dogs...), elongated soft pallate resections in brachycephalic animals, amputations, declaws, tumor/cancer surgery, and more!!! This has allowed us to become part of the prestigious Veterinary Laser Surgical Society of which Dr. Will is a "Fellow."

Not every problem warrants a laser or scalpel. Even if we cut with great care, we still cut, and some degree of pain and healing will ensue. Pets swallow silly/stupid things which can sometimes be found and retrieved with a scope quickly and without the pain, mess, and potential complications of traditional surgical removal. Other times biopsies can be harvested for quick diagnosis or pictures taken to aid in the diagnosis. Trading a surgery in for a video game is healthy for all involves.


Having surgical respirators as part of the anesthetic equipment allows flexibility in performing chest surgeries that might be even more challenging without. Definitely not something used daily, but when there is a problem in the thorax, this opens up opportunities for cure that would otherwise be denied.

Bone Saws/Drills

When bones break, a bit of carpentry skill takes over, and the power of a sharp scalpel becomes secondary to sterile power tools with the precision to allow accurate cutting and drilling in a very hard substance. Having human Stryker equipment allows us to approach bone repair with a great success rate. It doesn't have to be left to heal at an angle with chronic pain and lameness as the outcome. Continuing study at Purdue University with some of the country's foremost orthopedic surgeons has helped make theory a little more practical in Dr. Will's life and he has successfully helped many many fracture patients find their way back to active lifestyles. He is NOT board certified, but an accomplished surgeon who loves to help animals, especially when the family finds themselves in crisis, without the types of funds board certified correction may entail.