Orthopedic surgery specializes in treating and/or correcting diseases or injuries of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and other skeletal structures and they associated tissues.
Orthopedic surgery treats bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles—areas in which your pet may feel pain from a variety of conditions. If veterinary orthopedic surgery is recommended for your pet, everything possible will be done to keep them safe and comfortable before, during, and after the surgery.
Orthopedic surgery can help animals who suffer from joint problems, torn ligaments, broken bones, and can even help correct congenital problems. Most orthopedic surgery is focused around the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), sometimes referred to as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
Pay attention to the way your pet is moving. Sometimes an unusual change in their movement may mean they have an orthopedic condition that needs attention. Typical symptoms of an orthopedic disorder include difficulty getting up, favoring a leg intermittently when walking, limping, swelling in the leg, stiffness or decreased activity level. If you notice any of these problems, you should schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have your pet evaluated.
Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy is used to repair a torn ligament by changing the dynamic of the pet’s knee. The ligament becomes irrelevant to the stability of the knee by counteracting the force that caused the ligament to tear. The reconstructive surgery cuts the tibia bone, rotates it, and becomes held in place with metal plates. This is an extremely effective long-term solution for the injury.
Tibial tuberosity advancement is a reconstructive surgery used to repair a torn ligament by changing the dynamic of the ligament so that it is no longer necessary for the stabilization. The surgery uses titanium implants and has a quick recovery time.
Patellar luxation is a dislocated knee cap and most commonly seen in small breed dogs. Most patellar luxation occurs when the patellar displaces from its normal position to the inside of the knee. Pets with this condition may have an intermittent non-weight bearing lameness and you may even hear a popping noise in their knee. There are many ways to treat this from a simple knee brace for a Grade 1 luxation, to realignment surgery for lower grade luxations. Have your pet evaluated by your veterinarian to determine the best way to treat the luxation.
A fracture is a break in the bone or cartilage and can be repaired using simple external splinting to more advanced internal plating. Fractures are typically caused by trauma, a disease or tumor in the bone, or stress applied to a certain bone. Your veterinarian will adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. The utmost emphasis is placed on pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process. Using current technology, your pet's vital signs will be monitored by a registered veterinary technician, who will also remain with your pet through recovery.