The Animal Medical Center of Seattle’s veterinary surgical service covers both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. We utilize advanced, cutting-edge and minimally invasive options, with a wide array of procedures from laparoscopic surgery to regenerative medicine. Our surgeon is trained in advanced surgical techniques and can treat some of the most complicated surgical cases.
Kelly Liwski, DVM (Practice Limited to Surgery)Dr. Kelly Liwski was born and raised in Southern California. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Physiology at the University of California, Davis and achieved her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Following veterinary school, she completed a one-year rotating Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. After her Internship, her passion for surgery led her to complete a three-year residency in Small Animal Surgery at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.
Dr. Liwski has worked as a surgeon in specialty hospitals in Southern California for the past 25 years. Her broad range of experience covers both soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. She has also received advanced training in laparoscopic surgery, regenerative medicine and TPLO surgery.
Dr. Liwski recently moved to the Pacific Northwest, which has been a dream of hers for many years. When she’s not at work, she enjoys exploring the beautiful state of Washington, traveling the world with her husband, or trying to find ways to keep Mooney (her rambunctious rescue Sheepadoodle) from counter surfing or looking for foreign bodies to ingest. Dr. Liwski is also a big hockey fan and is anxiously awaiting the NHL coming to Seattle!
Hip: Femoral head & neck ostectomy, coxofemoral luxation repair
Shoulder: Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) removal
Elbow: Fragmented Medial Coronoid Process (FMCP or FCP) or Ununited Anconeal Process (UAP) excision
Fracture or luxation repair
Joint fusion (arthrodesis)
Ligament and tendon repair
Soft Tissue Surgery
Head and Neck
Salivary mucoele, total ear canal ablation and lateral bulla osteotomy, ventral bulla osteotomy
Gastrointestinal: foreign body retrieval, intestinal resection and anastomosis, full-thickness intestinal biopsies, mass removal, pyloroplasty, subtotal colectomy in cats
Hepatobiliary: cholecystectomy, biliary diversion, liver biopsy or mass removal
Urinary: cystotomy, partial cystectomy, urinary bladder repair, nephrectomy, SUB (subcutaneous ureteral bypass)
Hernia repair: diaphragmatic, peritoneopericardial hiatal, inguinal, traumatic abdominal
Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS): stenotic nares, elongated soft palpate, everted laryngeal saccule
Laryngeal paralysis: arytenoid lateralization
Lung lobectomy or partial lobectomy, pericardectomy, mediastinal mass removal
Digit or limb amputation, mastectomy, mass excision and reconstruction, skin flap, rotational flap, bone or lymph node biopsy
Lower urinary tract: perineal urethrostomy in cats, scrotal urethrostomy in dogs, urethral trauma management, urethral prolapse, vaginal prolapse
Perineal: anal sacculectomy, perineal hernia repair, rectal mass excision, rectal pull through, vulvoplasty
Laparoscopic spay (ovariectomy)
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