December  2011        Volume 4, Issue 2  


The Cutting Edge
Annapolis Office 
Joseph M. Prostredny
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS*, CCRT* 
Krista L. Evans
DVM, Diplomate ACVS, CCRT
Daren M. Roa
DVM, Diplomate ACVS


Anne C. Minihan
DVM, Diplomate ACVS


Richard C. Burgess
BVM&S*, MS, Diplomate ACVS & ECVS*, MRCVS*


Towson Office

F. Robert Weeren
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS


Sean P. Kennedy
DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Brendan B. Anders
DVM, Diplomate ACVS

*ACVS - American College of Veterinary    

*CCRT - Certified Canine Rehabilitation



*BVM&S - Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine

                 & Surgery


*ECVS - European College of Veterinary 


*MRCVS - Member of the Royal College of

                 Veterinary Surgeons


Kidney Biopsy

Renal biopsy




Liver Biopsy


News & Notes
  • All previous issues of our newsletters are conveniently located on our website for your  reference.
  •  We are now offering Lunch & Learns.  A CVSS surgeon will visit your practice with lunch and discuss a topic of your choice.  Each lunch & learn runs about an hour long, and depending on the topic, a technician may also come to teach your technicians.  Please contact if you are interested in scheduling a lunch & learn for your practice. 

 Ideas for a lunch and learn:


-Orthopedic exams

-Canine Rehabilitation




  • We offer canine rehabilitation in both our Annapolis & Towson offices



Have you considered..?


Urethral hydraulic occluders


Eleven to twenty percent of spayed females dogs are affected by urethral sphincter mechanism incontinence. Thirty-five percent of dogs with spay-related incontinence do not respond to hormonal therapy. Numerous surgical techniques have tried to address this problem with limited success. Recently a novel approach has been described utilizing a hydraulic occluder.


A small c-shaped silicone device is placed around the proximal urethra at the bladder neck. The silicone ring is connected to a subcutaneous port, which is implanted on the patient's lateral body wall. The port allows instillation of small volumes of sterile water into the silicone ring, causing controlled and adjustable urethral pressure. This technique has also been used to manage incontinence after ectopic ureter surgery. Dr Minihan at our Annapolis branch has successfully implanted these devices with great client satisfaction.

    Hydraulic occluder set

Please call our Annapolis office with any questions regarding this procedure.



Minimally invasive surgery


Arthroscopic, laparoscopic and thoracoscopic approaches to treat surgical diseases have been associated with: shorter hospital stays, less post-operative pain, less morbidity, quicker recovery times and fewer complications than more traditional techniques. CVSS is now offering a range of minimally invasive procedures to our clients. Commonly performed techniques include:


Laparoscopy: liver biopsies, gastropexies, ovariectomies or ovariohysterectomies, feeding tube placement, renal biopsies and cystotomies


Thoracoscopy: pericardial windows, lung biopsies, lymph node biopsies and thoracic duct ligation.


Arthroscopy: the shoulder for OCD or biceps tendonitis, the elbow for fragmented medial coronoid processes, united anconeal processes and OCD and the stifle for meniscal or cruciate disease.


Please call our Annapolis office to discuss the possibility of laparoscopy or thoracoscopy and either our Towson or Annapolis office for arthroscopy for your patients. 





Negative pressure wound therapy


Applying continuous, sealed suction to a wound surface has been shown to decrease wound edema and increase blood flow to the area. These effects accelerate granulation tissue formation and increase the rate of bacterial clearance, allowing wounds to be closed early and reducing the need for costly bandage changes.


We have managed many complicated wounds with negative pressure wound therapy and are happy to be able to offer this service to our clients.


Please call our office with any questions regarding this therapy.




Board certified surgical specialists providing the very latest in surgical care including:

  orthopedics   soft tissue surgery   neurosurgery    radiosurgery    reconstructive surgery    oncological surgery    arthroscopy    laparoscopy    canine & feline rehabilitation


808 Bestgate Rd. | Annapolis | MD | 21401 | 410-224-0121


1209 Cromwell Bridge Rd. | Towson | MD | 21286 | 410-828-0911  

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