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Sunstone Veterinary Specialists Sunstone Veterinary Specialists

Phone (503) 505-7255 Address Portland, OR Email

Surgery Management and Care

At Sunstone Veterinary Specialists, we are here for you and your animal companion. Whether your pet has a torn ligament or needs a complex spinal injury, we strive to provide you and your pet with the exceptional care and attention that you both deserve. Our veterinary surgeon, Dr. Su is experienced in completing a wide range of surgical services, including:

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Cranial cruciate ligament stabilization (CCL surgery)
    • TPLO
    • Patella luxation repair (MPL, dislocating/floating kneecaps)
    • Management of elbow dysplasia
    • Management of growth deformities
    • Trauma
    • Management of hip dysplasia
  • Neurosurgery
    • Intervertebral disk disease (herniated disk)
    • Head and neck surgery
  • General Surgery
    • Gastrointestinal surgery (digestive organs)
    • Hepatobiliary surgery (liver and gallbladder)
    • Urogenital surgery (surgery and reproductive organs)
    • Cardiothoracic surgery (lungs and heart)
    • Wound management
  • Oncologic Surgery
    • Surgical treatment of cancer of all types

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Dedicated to Individualized Care

At Sunstone Veterinary Specialists, we understand that each surgery requires an individualized approach. Whether it’s a growth removal or a complex orthopedic surgery, Dr. Su and her team strive to find the best plan for you and your pet.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery is any surgical procedure that fixes or stabilizes injuries to the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or muscles. The type of surgery recommended will depend on multiple factors, including your pet’s diagnosis, overall health, and the complexity of the condition.

Dr. Su offers a wide range of orthopedic surgeries, including:

  • TPLO cranial cruciate ligament stabilization
    A type of CCL surgery that improves knee STABILITY in injured pets.
  • Patella luxation repair, or MPL
    An orthopedic surgery that stabilizes dislocating or floating knee caps.
  • Growth deformity surgery
    A range of surgeries that correct abnormal growth patterns in cats or dogs.
  • Trauma-related surgery
    A variety of surgeries that repair injuries to your pet’s muscles, bones, ligaments, or tendons.


Disk herniation, or intervertebral disk disease, can cause spinal pain and neurological problems in dogs. At Sunstone Veterinary Specialists, we offer surgical decompression of the spinal cord, a type of neurosurgery designed for dogs with disk herniation. This type of surgery may decrease your dog’s pain or help recover lost function.

Prior to this type of neurosurgery, most dogs require either a specialized x-ray study called a myelogram or advanced imaging, such as CT or MRI, to identify which disk(s) are causing the problem.

General Surgery

General surgery, also known as soft tissue surgery, includes a wide range of procedures that involve the skin or organs. The type of surgery recommended depends on several aspects of your pet’s health, including the disease process he or she is diagnosed with and which organ(s) are affected.

Dr. Su completes the following soft tissue surgeries:

  • Gastrointestinal
    Surgery involving the digestive tract
  • Hepatobiliary
    Surgery involving the liver, gallbladder, and bile ducts
  • Urogenital
    Surgery involving urinary and reproductive organs
  • Head and neck
    Surgery involving your pet’s nose, ears, mouth, or throat
  • Cardiothoracic
    Surgery involving your pet’s heart or lungs
  • Wound management
    Surgery involving care an abscess, ulcer, or other type of wound

Oncologic Surgery

Cancer can affect any tissue, organ, or region of the body. At Sunstone Veterinary Specialists, we offer customized surgical treatment for cats and dogs. The type of surgery recommended will depend on several factors, including the type of cancer, which tissues or organs are involved, and the overall goal of surgery.

Our skilled veterinary surgeon, Dr. Su, is dedicated to working with you, your primary care veterinarian, and other specialists, such as an oncologist, to ensure that your pet receives exceptional, personalized care. She provides a range of cancer-related surgery services, including:

  • Biopsy collection and differential diagnosis
  • Curative surgery, such as wide or radical excision
  • Surgical management prior to other cancer therapies, such as partial resection
  • Palliative care measures, such as marginal resection or tumor debulking

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