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A Veterinary Surgical Team That Is State-of-the-Heart

To provide pets the comprehensive surgical care they deserve, Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies is pleased to share that board-certified veterinary surgeon Dana DeSandre-Robinson, DVM and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS-SA), as well as Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist (CVA), has joined our team. Dr. DeSandre-Robinson and our surgical support staff practice precise surgical techniques, including use of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), that are as delicate and non-invasive as possible. We never forget the importance of the patient on the operating table. Your pet will be in good hands if your family vet sends you to Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies for surgical care.

Meet Our Doctor

Dr. Jeremiah Moorer

Dr. Dana DeSandre-Robinson, DVM, DACVS-SA (Surgery), CVA (Acupuncture)

When is a veterinary surgeon needed?

Your family vet will have all the information needed to make that determination. Some surgeries may be better assigned to a board-certified veterinary surgeon in a well-equipped animal hospital like Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies. Our comprehensive services in veterinary surgery include anesthesia, pain management, and minimally invasive surgical techniques as well as orthopedic, oncologic, and thoracic surgeries to help improve your pet’s health in situations such as:

  • Complicated cases. Like humans, some pets may have multiple health problems. Older pets requiring surgery may also have respiratory or heart disease. In these cases, surgery and anesthesia can carry more risk, and a surgical specialist may be beneficial.
  • Surgeries requiring recovery in an ICU. Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies is staffed 24/7 which allows for constant monitoring of your pet during recovery and diligent monitoring and pain management after surgery. In addition to in-person monitoring, every patient is monitored via video cameras to ensure that we are alerted to any patient changes.
  • Surgeries requiring specialized equipment. Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and specially trained veterinary staff to provide the best care possible. This includes the latest technology for orthopedic and soft tissue surgeries and endoscopy equipment required for minimally invasive surgery.
  • Uncommon surgeries. Dr. DeSandre-Robinson has experience in academic hospitals and large multi-specialty hospitals which allows her to draw on previous experiences with uncommon or rare surgical cases.

If your veterinarian recommends that your pet see a board-certified veterinary surgical specialist, you can be assured that our entire team will welcome your pet and your family and treat you like members of our family. We also commit to clear communication with you and your veterinarian during the surgical and recovery process, so you can feel confident in the care your pet is receiving.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for a Pet Can Offer Quicker Recovery

The veterinary surgeon and support staff at Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies work hard to treat your pet’s health concerns as painlessly as possible. In cases where surgery is required, we look for options such as minimally invasive surgery (MIS) which can reduce discomfort and speed recovery time for your pet.

Just like for humans, minimally invasive surgery in pets replaces the more traditional surgical method of creating a larger, open incision. Instead, surgical instruments are inserted through a small tube-like device, and the veterinary surgery is performed with the guidance of a video camera or scope.

Procedures where minimally invasive surgery (MIS) can commonly be used include:

  • Ovariohysterectomy (spay)
  • Abdominal cryptorchid neuter (removal of testicles retained in the abdominal cavity)
  • Gastropexy (tacking of the stomach to prevent future twisting)
  • Liver biopsies
  • Gastrointestinal biopsies
  • Pericardiectomy (removing part of the outside lining of the heart)
  • Thoracic duct ligation (tying off a leaking duct in the chest)
  • Lung lobectomy (removal of unhealthy lung tissue)
  • Treatment of elbow and shoulder lesions such as a fragmented medial coronoid process (FCP) and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD)
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Minimally invasive surgeries such as laparoscopy (scoping of the abdomen), thoracoscopy (scoping of the chest), and arthroscopy (scoping of the joints) offer many benefits:

  • Increased surgical precision due to increased magnification of the surgical field
  • Shorter procedure and anesthesia time which is especially important in geriatric and debilitated patients
  • Less tissue trauma and discomfort resulting from smaller incisions
  • Decreased hospitalization time
  • Quicker recovery

To book a surgical appointment at Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies with Dr. DeSandre-robinson, please contact us at 303.660.1027.


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