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Orthopedic Surgery

Ryan Hospital, surgeryPenn Vet's Orthopedic Surgery Service at Ryan Hospital is a progressive, dynamic service that offers  cutting-edge treatment for a variety of orthopedic conditions.The service  performs the latest surgical treatments for joint conditions of the elbow, shoulders, hips and knees. 

These procedures range from minimally invasive arthroscopy to total joint replacement. We currently perform total hip replacement using both cemented and state-of-the-art cementless systems, depending on the needs of the patient.

Additionally, Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital has one of the nation's most active emergency services and Orthopedic Surgery offers the latest systems for fracture repair, using plates, external skeletal fixation and interlocking nails. We also perform neurologic surgery on both an emergency and elective basis, depending on the condition.

Penn Vet's Orthopedic Surgery Service at Ryan Hospital is staffed by four board certified surgeons, eight residents and a class of rotating interns. 


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Ryan Hospital, surgeryThe Penn Vet Orthopedic Service does not require a referral to make an appointment, although, referral information such as the results of previous diagnostic tests (x-rays, bloodwork, MRI, etc) are encouraged. 

If you feel your pet has a condition requiring emergency treatment, such as a fracture or paralysis, please contact the Emergency Service as soon as possible.

  • The Orthopedic Surgery service receives cases from clinic appointments on Tuesday and Thursday and performs surgery on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Cases are seen through the clinic in the morning, and diagnostic tests are performed that day. The majority of cases are then scheduled for surgery the following day.
  • The Orthopedic Surgery service also receives cases transferred from the Neurology, Emergency, and Medicine services. Cases transferred from these services generally receive surgery on the basis of medical priority.
  • Emergency surgery is available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

PLEASE NOTE: Any pets with fractures or paralysis should not wait for referral and should be brought to the Emergency Service as soon as possible.

The Orthopedic Surgery Service at Penn Vet's Ryan Hospital is staffed by board-certified surgeons, as well as residents and a class of rotating interns.

Faculty/Clinicians
Kim Agnello, Penn Vet, arthroscopy, orthopedics, Ryan Hospital Kimberly Agnello, DVM, DACS
  • Assistant Professor, Small Animal Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
 Dr. Cara Blake, Penn VetCara Blake, DVM
  • Assistant Professor, Small Animal Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Soft Tissue Surgery
Jeffrey Runge, Penn Vet, Minimally Invasive Surgery Jeffrey Runge, DVM, DACVS 
  • Assistant Professor, Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Head, Minimally Invasive Surgery 
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
Alicia O'Rourke, CVTAlicia O'Rourke, BA, CVT
  • Orthopedic Nurse & Coordinator
 

Penn Vet's Orthopedic Service performs numerous types of surgery. Below are some case examples:

Case Studies
Case Study:  This surgery was undertaken to repair cranial cruciate ligament ruptures, including an extracapsular suture, fibular head transposition.
Osteotomy, Penn Vet Orthopedics A) tibial plateau leveling osteotomy 
Tibial tuberosity, Penn Vet Orthopedics B) tibial tuberosity advancement (KYON Pharma, Inc.)