Surgery

Dove Lewis Dove Lewis
Ashley Magee,
DVM, DACVS
Coby Richter,
DVM, DACVS
 

DoveLewis employs two board-certified surgeons: Ashley Magee, DVM, DACVS, and Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, to provide 24-hour availability, 365-days a year.

Our surgeons work closely with the radiologist, cardiologist and criticalists as well as ICU and ER veterinarians on case management prior to and following surgery. 

The DoveLewis surgery service is prepared to handle abdominal and thoracic emergency procedures and many musculoskeletal emergencies. Kristin Spring, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC, Anesthesia), CVPP, our dedicated licensed technician, is certified in emergency critical care and is devoted to thoughtful and integrated pain management in all of the animals who come through DoveLewis. In addition to running anesthesia and coordinating consultations and recheck appointments, she is available Monday through Thursday to help generate estimates and answer some general surgical questions from clients. To speak with Kristin during her shift, please call the hospital’s main line at 503.228.7281.

  • We perform abdominal, thoracic and musculoskeletal emergency surgery.
  • All major surgeries at DoveLewis are performed by a board-certified surgeon or critical care specialist.
  • A board-certified surgeon is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Urgent orthopedic surgery.

In addition to surgical procedures, we perform:

  • Endoscopy: An endoscope is a flexible cable with a camera and light source. The endoscope is inserted through the mouth and throat of a patient, and allows us to see inside some of the patient’s gastrointestinal system without surgery. Endoscopy can be used for foreign body retrieval, esophageal stricture assessment and treatment, and stomach, duodenum and colonic biopsy.
  • Bronchoscopy: A bronchoscope is like an endoscope only the cable is thinner and is generally kept sterile for use in the lungs. A bronchoscope travels down the throat to evaluate the large airways of the lungs. Bronchoscopy can be used for foreign body retrieval, biopsy, lower airway evaluation and Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) procedures.
  • Bronchoalveolar lavage: This procedure helps diagnose lung problems from pneumonia to cancer. A sterile bronchoscope is inserted into the patient’s airway, and delivers a small amount of saline into the lung. That saline is then immediately retrieved and analyzed to help diagnose and treat the patient.
  • Cystoscopy and urethroscopy: This procedure uses an even thinner cable to examine the lower urinary tract (bladder and urethra) of medium and large breed dogs.
  • Stenting: this procedure involves placing a hollow, tube–like implant into areas of the body that are obstructed due to disease or trauma. These stents are placed in a minimally invasive manner whenever possible. Common applications in dogs and cats include tracheal stenting for collapsing airway disease and urethral stenting for diseases causing narrowing of the lower urinary tract.
  • Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC): A type of therapy where fluid is drawn from the wound for faster, more efficient healing. This technique may be used over closed surgical incisions as well as over open wounds (chronic or acute).

Scheduled consultations are available with our surgeons for urgent and chronic cases.

  • Our surgeons are available for in-hospital schedule consultations with clients Monday thru Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM and other times by special appointment.
  • Our surgeons are available for phone consult with referring veterinarians at all times.
  • We do not perform elective musculoskeletal surgery such as stifle stabilization (TPLO, TTA, etc.), hip or elbow replacement, or angular limb deformity correction. Please call the surgery service if you would like to inquire about any non-emergent surgical procedures such as tumor removal or chronic wound management.
  • The Velvet Assistance Fund does not cover surgical procedures.