Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) is currently the preferred procedure for cranial cruciate rupture or instability in all dogs. TPLO surgery does not repair the ligament, but it changes the biomechanics of the stifle or knee joint so that the CCL is no longer needed.
TPLO just got better. A new procedure called Cora Based Leveling Osteotomy (CBLO) is similar to TPLO, however it offers increased stability due to compression screw, no pivot shift or balcony effect and results in ample bone target. In addition, it can be performed on young dogs and those with an excessive tibia plateau angles, which is found in breeds like bulldogs. Dr. Don Hulse, orthopedist at Texas A&M, pioneered this alternate procedure that reduces the tibial plateau angle (TPA) by using a reverse bone cut that prevents somewhat rare compications of TPLO.
Fort Worth Veterinary Surgical is a locally owned, family oriented referral hospital for small animals needing surgery or special diagnostics. Our mission is to provide you and your pet with individualized, personal service and quality surgical care. We are simply an alternative to larger, faster paced surgical centers. You may also find our pricing more pleasing to the pocketbook. We enjoy and strongly prefer working with your veterinarian, as we do not offer routine primary veterinary care or preventative medicine. It is our goal to keep your veterinarian informed of all aspects of the diagnosis, surgery and aftercare.
Dr. Paul Dean is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).
After completing veterinary school he completed a three-year surgical residency, which included specific training, caseloads and research followed by rigorous testing administered by ACVS. This commitment to surgical excellence enables him to be called a surgical specialist.
02. What We Do
The treatment of bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons fall into orthopedics. The most common orthopedic injury in dogs is cranial cruciate ligament injury, with juvenile hip dysplasia another cause of lameness in young dogs.
Does your pet strain while trying to go to the bathroom? Veterinary soft tissue surgery includes skin issues such as anal tumors, ear, liver, gastrointestinal, urogenital, and oncological surgeries.
Has your pet’s snoring ever awakened you at night? Nose and throat surgeries open airways to improve breathing and reduce noise.
A pet that suddenly drags his rear legs or is unable to use them causes great alarm to owners. This sudden onset could be a back or neck disc extrusion and require emergency care.
Fix your attention on this! Many surgeries are now done with scopes in tiny incisions. These minimally invasive approaches offer reduced pain, faster healing and decreased risk of postoperative infections.
SAME DAY SURGERY
Many owners take advantage of our same day surgery as pre-surgical consultation. No need to take more time off from work, school or play for additional appointments.
State of the Art CT Scans
CT Scan provides light speed, high resolution diagnostic imaging specifically of the spine, sinus and joints. All pets must be sedated for this procedure with results read by a radiologist.
It's been a little over three years ago that you performed back surgery on Sophia and I remember you telling me that she had about ten percent chance of walking again. I just wanted you guys to know that she is doing well, walking (and often ru...
It's been a little over three years ago that you performed back surgery on Sophia and I remember you telling me that she had about ten percent chance of walking again. I just wanted you guys to know that she is doing well, walking (and often running) still today. Of course, she has her days but is under a doctor's care here in San Antonio where we now live. I've actually been meaning to write this for a while, to let you know how amazing I think all of you are. You are in my prayers and thoughts every day I watch her doing what I had little hope of ever seeing her do again - enjoy her life with mobility!!!! Thank you again Dr. Dean and staff
It has been one year since you operated on my poodle, Penny for her liver shunt. I wanted to reach out and say thank you again she is doing amazing and would never have known how bad she was just one year ago. Everyone at both locations were always so very helpful. Without you guys she wouldn’t be here today!
God Bless, Brittney and Penny
Grey, my 10 year old pup recovered (mostly) from his TPLO.
I would have never thought we’d be here! The first month of recovery was full of anxiety. It was like carrying around a thin glass ball that could shatter at any time and it wa...
Grey, my 10 year old pup recovered (mostly) from his TPLO.
I would have never thought we’d be here! The first month of recovery was full of anxiety. It was like carrying around a thin glass ball that could shatter at any time and it was up to me to make sure it remained intact. I followed your instructions exactly (98% of the time) and it all paid off.
My jogs with my dogs each evening is the highlight of my day. Seeing them happy and enjoying the moment brings me serenity and peace. And seeing Grey do this pain free brings me tears of joy. The fact that I can be here again with Grey and Georgia is purely due to Dr Dean’s skills as an excellent surgeon and his amazing staff, including the best receptionist ever! I can’t express enough at how impressed I have been with Grey’s results. I’ll say this again, this is due to Dr Deans skills as a surgeon. Thanks to you all for allowing me to once again have these evening jogs with Grey and Georgia that I so desperately missed. Well worth the drive from Midland for this top notch surgeon and staff!
Our dog, bear had trouble breathing for over 4 years & was progressively getting worse. We decided if had worsened to the point of trying surgery. We met with 2 clinics & were very happy with Mustang Surgical. They explained to us the r...Our dog, bear had trouble breathing for over 4 years & was progressively getting worse. We decided if had worsened to the point of trying surgery. We met with 2 clinics & were very happy with Mustang Surgical. They explained to us the risks & were very upfront that tie back surgeries is about a 50/50 out come. We are so glad we took the risk because Bear did amazing & his breathing is 90% better than before the surgery!!We are so great-full to everyone that helped us at Mustang Surgical. Bear isn’t just a pet, he is part of our family. With this surgery we have gained precious years with him.
April 10, 2019 was a memorable day in my life: my left patella had to be surgically repaired. I had just started my conformation show career with a bang...and then this! Can the pain be stopped, will I be able to walk again, will I make it thro...
April 10, 2019 was a memorable day in my life: my left patella had to be surgically repaired. I had just started my conformation show career with a bang...and then this! Can the pain be stopped, will I be able to walk again, will I make it through the surgery, can I endure rehab? All these questions swirled through my mind, And then I heard you say that there is no guarantee that my leg will be perfectly straight and I can go in the showring again.
Well, it had to be done, though. And your skilled hands repaired my very small knee. Dr. Brown at Shannon Animal Hospital here in Midland and my humans did all the follow up care, spoiled me rotten and gave me lots of tender living care. I hated the ice packs on my leg and the rehab movements were also uncomfortable.
My foot position is perfect, no easty-westy at all. I can walk, run, hop and show off my gait at dog shows to dazzle the judges. September 2020 I fulfilled all the requirments to become an AKC Champion. Also in 2020 I was the #8 Owner-handled finalist in Affenpinschers. August 2021 was my proudest moment: I become an AKC Grand Champion. The photo shows me with my co-breeder and the judge. The pandemic nixed a lot of dog shows but we traveled when we could.
I'm hoping you will display my picture in your waiting room as another one of you successes. With my gratitude to you and your staff.
Dr. Dean has operated on our dear ten pound maltipoo, Bella, twice with tremendous success both times. She was running in circles at full speed one day when she let out a loud yelp. Thanks to a recommendation from our vet, we were directed to D...
Dr. Dean has operated on our dear ten pound maltipoo, Bella, twice with tremendous success both times. She was running in circles at full speed one day when she let out a loud yelp. Thanks to a recommendation from our vet, we were directed to Dr. Dean. Bella had a torn ACL that required surgery. Unfortunately she had an allergic reaction to the anaesthesia but Dr. Dean and his wife made sure she made it through the weekend by taking her home with them. Her weekend included a church service!
Dr. Dean told us that approximately fifty percent of dogs that tear one ACL also tear the other ACL. Approximately two years later, Bella was celebrating when we arrived home from a long trip by running through the house and unfortunately we heard the same loud yelp. Dr. Dean was able to repair her second ACL with a more rapid recovery thanks to new laser treatments.
Dr. Dean and his staff were sympathetic to all of our concerns and went above and beyond to make sure she would recover after her allergic reaction. Due to her size, we were afraid Bella wouldn’t make it through surgery or would never be able to take walks again. Our dear Bella will soon be twelve and continues to enjoy two walks a day. We are so grateful to Dr. Dean and his staff!!