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The surgery service at Philadelphia Animal Specialty and Emergency (PASE) prides itself on providing advanced veterinary surgical services to the greater Philadelphia region. We perform a wide range of advanced orthopedic, soft tissue, and oncologic surgeries.

The goal of our surgery service is to provide the best possible experience for the pet and pet owner throughout the process, from a consultation where we discuss treatment options through the surgery and postoperative period. Our highly trained anesthesia team helps us ensure that we provide the safest anesthesia protocols that are individually tailored to each patient. We are also dedicated to providing the best pain management strategies to help pets recover faster and better from their procedures.

PASE offers 24/7 care for our patients which allows us to monitor them closely and ensure they are well cared for and comfortable during the important postoperative period. Our multi-disciplinary team of veterinary specialists and emergency doctors works closely to ensure our patients receive the best possible treatment.

Dr. Astor is a board-certified veterinary surgeon (ACVS Diplomate) who completed the training and rigorous examination required to achieve that certification. While general practitioners can perform many surgeries, difficult cases benefit from the additional training, state-of-the-art surgical equipment, and the 24/7 care that PASE can provide. We communicate with your primary veterinarian to keep them informed throughout the process and ensure continuity of care.

The following is a list of surgical procedures commonly performed at PASE.

Orthopedic surgeries to treat conditions involving the musculoskeletal system

  • Cranial cruciate ligament tears - TPLO and Lateral Suture repairs

  • Medial patellar luxation correction surgery

  • Fracture repair surgeries

  • Hip surgeries for hip dysplasia and luxation

  • Splinting and casting for fractures and ligament injuries

Soft Tissue Surgeries

  • A wide variety of abdominal and thoracic surgical procedures

  • Urinary, gastrointestinal, liver, gallbladder, and lung procedures

  • Emergency and trauma surgeries.

Oncologic Surgeries

  • These procedures range from more standard mass removals to advanced procedures where skin flaps or grafts are needed.

  • Abdominal and thoracic cancer procedures.

Coming Soon: ​​​​​​​Laparoscopic procedures

Surgery Clinical Manager
Ann Thelusma
Surgery Assistant
Kristin Gelsomino
Surgery Technician
Dana Ruch, CVT
Surgery Technician
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