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Orthopedic and Neurosurgery

The Iowa State University Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center offers a state-of-the-art orthopedic and neurosurgical service for small animals. Four ACVS board-certified surgeons and three surgical residents are available to provide expertise, diagnostics, and treatment recommendations for your pet. With outstanding support staff and advanced imaging including MRI, CT, digital radiography, and myelography, complicated orthopedic and neurologic conditions can be evaluated.


 We have the expertise and equipment to perform the following procedures:

  • NEW - Platelet Enrichment Therapy is NOW AVAILABLE for dogs with osteoarthritis
    • Clinically shown to reduce pain and lameness
    • Can be performed on an outpatient basis
    • Contact Dr. Bergh for more information
  • Total hip replacement (Biomedtrix cemented and cementless THR)
    • NEW - THR Available for small dogs and cats at ISU!
    • Referring Vets: Do you have a candidate for THR?
  • Total Elbow and Total Knee Replacement are now available at ISU! Contact Dr. Bergh for more information.
  • Fracture repair
    • External skeletal fixation 
      • Imex, Securos, K-E Systems
      • Linear, circular, and hybrid fixators
    • Interlocking nail fixation
    • LC-DCP bone plate fixation
    • SOP locking plate fixation
    • LCP locking plate fixation
    • IM pins and cerclage wires
    • Minimally invasive fracture repair options
  • Surgical treatment for Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) rupture
    • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
    • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) 
    • Lateral Suture (extracapsular) Stabilization
  • Arthroscopy
    • For OCD lesions, Fragmented medial coronoid processes, joint evaluation, biopsy and more.
    • High definition camera and monitor for better visualization
  • Triple pelvic osteotomy (TPO) for canine hip dysplasia
  • Patellar luxation repair
  • Treatment of angular limb deformities
    • Acute corrections
    • Distraction osteogenesis with the Ilizarov fixator system
  • Sporting dog injuries
  • Muscle and tendon injury evaluation and repair
  • Hip luxation repair
  • Joint arthrodesis
  • Neurologic surgery
    • Spinal fracture repair
    • Hemilaminectomy and ventral slot decompression for intervertebral disc extrusion
    • Spinal decompression for Wobbler's Syndrome
    • Atlantoaxial stabilization
    • Intracranial surgery
  • Bone tumor resection
    • Limb amputation
    • Maxilectomy and Mandibulectomy







Bergh and Acquaviva surgery
Dr. Bergh and Dr. Acquaviva begin to place an external fixator to stabilize a dog's fractured tibia.


 hip xray
Total hip replacement is a treatment option for dogs with hip dysplasia. Both cemented and cementless THR are available at ISU.


Arthroscopy in the stifle joint to evaluate the cruciate ligaments and medial meniscus.


 pelvis xray
 A dog with bilateral sacroiliac luxation has his pelvis stabilized with two iliosacral screws.



tibia fracture 1
tibia fracture 2
A Labrador retriever with a tibial fracture was successfully treated with an interlocking nail fixation.