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Specialty Surgeries Available at NGAP

Dr. Phil Zeltzman is a traveling or mobile board-certified veterinary surgeon that performs specialty surgeries at NGAP's non-profit pet clinic, Dutton Road Veterinary Clinic.

Dr. Zeltzman is available to perform specialized orthopedic, neurologic, cancer and soft tissue surgery on dogs and cats at Dutton Road Veterinary Facility for a fraction of the cost that you might be asked to pay at a veterinary specialty facility. If you think, or know, that your pet is in need of a specialty procedure, please do not hesitate to call us at 215-331-2968 for a quote or to set up a consultation.

Dr. Zeltzman can perform, but is not limited to, the following procedures:


Knee surgery
ACL surgery (standard or extracapsular repair)
Kneecap dislocation (patellar luxation)
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
Cora Based Leveling Osteotomy (CBLO)
Hip surgery (hip dysplasia and fractures)
Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
Hip dislocation (luxation)
Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS)
Shoulder surgery
Dislocation (luxation)
Osteo-Chondritis Dissecans (OCD)
Elbow surgery
Fragmented Coronoid Process (FCP)
Osteo-Chondritis Dissecans (OCD)
Ununited Anconeal Process (UAP)
Elbow dysplasia
Joint surgery
Arthrodesis (joint fusion)
Dislocation repair (luxation)
Ligament rupture (tear) repair
Tendon rupture (tear) repair
Fracture repair
External fixator
Plate and screws

Other orthopedic procedures include stem cell therapy for arthritis, limb sparing for cancer (osteosarcoma), amputation, leg deformities, joint tap, ulnar ostectomy, bone biopsy, poly-arthritis workup etc.


Abdominal surgery*
Abdominal port placement for chronic effusions
Adrenal gland removal
Bladder (stone removal, masses)*
Colon surgery
Diaphragmatic hernia
Ectopic ureter
Exploratory laparotomy*
Gallbladder (removal vs. re-routing)
Hemoabdomen (internal bleeding)*
Incontinence treatment*
Intestinal obstruction (foreign bodies)*
Intestinal surgery*
Kidney surgery
Liver biopsy, including “keyhole” liver biopsy
Liver surgery
Pancreas surgery
Pleuro-Peritoneal Diaphragmatic Hernia (PPDH)
Prophylactic gastropexy (“twisted stomach” or bloat or GDV prevention)*
Prostate surgery
Spleen removal (splenectomy, bleeding masses)*
Stomach surgery (foreign bodies)*
Urethra surgery
Uterus infection (pyometra)*
Thoracic surgery (thoracotomy)
Esophagus surgery
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Persistent Right Aortic Arch (PRAA)
Pleural port placement for fluid buildup
Lung surgery, including “keyhole” lung biopsy
Head and neck surgery
Cheiloplasty (for excessive drooling)
Cleft palate
Ear and throat polyps in cats*
Ear hematoma*
Elongated soft palate
Everted laryngeal saccules
Eye and eyelid surgery*
Facial fold removal
Laryngeal paralysis (“Tie back”)
Lateral Bulla Osteotomy (LBO)
Lateral ear resection
Oro-nasal fistula
Para-thyroid gland removal
Salivary gland surgery (mucocele, sialocele)
Stenotic nares (narrow nostrils)
Thyroid gland removal (cat or dog)
Total Ear Canal Ablation (TECA)
Ventral Bulla Osteotomy (VBO)

“Back end” surgery
Anal sac surgery
“Corkscrew” tail removal
Perianal fistula management
Perineal hernia
Prepubic urethrostomy (P/U salvage or revision, urethral tear or stenosis)
Urethrostomy (perineal or P/U in cats, scrotal in dogs)
Redundant vulvar fold (vulvoplasty, episioplasty)
Scrotal ablation

Reconstructive surgery
Open wound management (trauma)*
Skin flaps
Skin flaps
Skin grafts
Vacuum-Assisted Closure (VAC) of open wounds

Cancer surgery
Cisplatin beads (tiny local chemo pearls that dissolve)
Feline fibrosarcoma*
Jaw surgery (Mandibulectomy / Maxillectomy)
Jaw surgery (Mandibulectomy / Maxillectomy)
Limb sparing for cancer (osteosarcoma)
Mastectomy (mammary tumors)*
Nasal tumors (rhinotomy, rhinoplasty)
Tumors in multiple other locations (mentioned above and below)*

Emergency surgery
Blocked urethra (cat or dog)*
Foreign bodies*
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV)*
Spleen removal (splenectomy)*

Other soft tissue procedures include other types of hernias, soft tissue biopsies, elbow hygroma, lymph node removal or biopsy, feeding tube placement etc.

Atlanto-axial (sub)luxation
"Bulging” disc (Back and neck)
Cauda equina (L/S syndrome)
CSF tap (spinal tap)
Degenerative myelopathy
“Slipped” disc (Back and neck)
Spinal tap (CSF tap)
Spinal tumor
Vertebral fracture and/or dislocation (luxation)
Wobbler syndrome (cervical vertebral instability syndrome)

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*Surgeries marked with an asterisk can also be done at NGAP by our staff veterinarians.

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