White Glove Service

General number (info & appointments): 484-626-0994
To check in ONLY: 484-460-6798

For the safety of our clients, patients, and nurses, we are currently operating 100% curbside. Our White Glove service provides the same excellent care to your pet. We are not allowing clients inside our building at this time. You WILL meet with the surgeon for any consultation and before any surgery. When you arrive at our practice, please call 484-460-6798 and our team will provide instructions for the next steps.

Pet Orthopedic Surgery

Surgery of the bones, ligaments and joints.

Orthopedic surgery may significantly enhance your pet’s quality of life.

Because of this, many local family veterinarians will send their patients to Dr. Phil Zeltzman, who is a surgery specialist in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

ACL or CCL Repair

Dr. Zeltzman’s most frequent operation is ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery. The ACL, or CCL, is a ligament that connects the femur above the knee (thigh bone) to the tibia below (shin bone). The ACL can rupture or break due to injury, age, or being overweight. When this happens, the knee becomes unstable. If left unchecked, the damage causes pain and results in irreversible joint damage and arthritis as well as lameness in most dogs. However, with treatment, most dogs have a full recovery and are able to go back to leading an enjoyable life.

Procedures Dr. Zeltzman offers, depending on the patient, to address an ACL tear include:

  • Nylon sutures (lateral suture or Fabello-tibial sutures)
  • TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy)
  • TTA (tibial tuberosity advancement)
  • Tibial Wedge Osteotomy (TWO)
  • Cranial Closing Wedge Osteotomy (CCWO)

Dr. Zeltzman has performed thousands of these procedures in dogs (and cats), ranging from less than 5 pounds to more than 250 pounds.

Joint Dislocation
Every part of your dog or cat’s body has the potential to break and dislocate. Some dislocations are hereditary, while others occur as a result of accidents. The kneecap is the most prevalent joint displacement in dogs, which may happen simultaneously in both legs. When this occurs, the kneecap slips out of its intended position at the bottom of the femur groove. Surgery is required to stop the discomfort and slow down arthritis progression.
Fracture Repair

There are several reasons your pet’s bone could be fractured or broken, ranging from being struck by a vehicle to falling down. The majority of fractures need surgical treatment and full recovery in order for them to heal properly.

We undertake amputations for a variety of reasons, including cancer and severe trauma or large, non-removable tumors. Fortunately, all patients have recovered well and have expressed their appreciation to their owners.

Other orthopedic procedures Dr. Zeltzman can help with include:

Knee Surgery
  • ACL surgery (standard or nylon repair)
  • Kneecap dislocation (patellar luxation)
  • Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
  • Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
  • Tibial Wedge Osteotomy (TWO)
  • Cranial Closing Wedge Osteotomy (CCWO)
Shoulder Surgery
  • Dislocation (luxation)
  • Osteo-Chondritis Dissecans (OCD)
Joint Surgery
  • Arthrodesis (joint fusion)
  • Dislocation repair (luxation)
  • Ligament rupture (tear) repair
  • Tendon rupture (tear) repair
  • Hip dislocation (luxation)
  • Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis (JPS)
  • Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) for hip dysplasia, fractures, dislocations, or genetic disease
Elbow Surgery
  • Fragmented Coronoid Process (FCP)
  • Osteo-Chondritis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Ununited Anconeal Process (UAP)
  • Elbow dysplasia
Fracture REpair
  • External fixator
  • Plate and screws
  • Pins
  • Wires

For information on other surgeries – please contact us!