North Peninsula Veterinary Specialty Group is proud to provide a wide range of specialty orthopedic procedures for cats and dogs in San Mateo, San Francisco and the larger Bay Area. Dr. Carlson is a highly skilled oncologic, soft tissue and orthopedic surgeon. Having completed her surgery residency at Tufts University in Boston as well as her general and surgical internships, she dedicated the following years to gaining expertise in a wide range of intricate procedures. From knee surgery to elbow surgery to advanced complicated fracture management, Dr. Carlson is always working to keep up with every advancement in the field of veterinary orthopedics so she can tackle even the most challenging cases.

Orthopedic Surgery

NPVSG provides orthopedic surgery in the San Francisco area including, but not limited to:
  • Treatments for elbow disease
  • Medical and surgical interventions for hip dysplasia
  • Staging and treatment for medial patella luxation (MPL)
  • Tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy (TPLO), tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA), and lateral suture stabilization to stabilize the knee joint after ruptures of the cranial cruciate ligament
  • Bone biopsy for diagnostic purposes
  • Femoral head and neck excision (FHO, FHNE) to reduce pain in a degraded hip joint due to several different causes
  • Hemilaminectomy to remove the ruptured disc material in intervertebral disc disease
  • Long bone fracture repair

Our Goal is to Improve your Pet’s Quality of Life

We can work with your regular veterinarian through a referral process or directly with you to treat your pet’s condition. Our goal is to improve your pet’s quality of life so that they’re more comfortable and able to achieve the level of activity that makes them happiest. If you have any questions about the types of orthopedic surgeries we perform in our San Mateo animal hospital or about the process in general, please feel free to reach out to us at any time. If your pet has already undergone an orthopedic procedure with us, you can always call with questions about their recovery.


North Peninsula Veterinary Specialty Group provides specialty orthopedic surgeries in San Mateo, San Francisco and the larger Bay Area.

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