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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery can help pets who suffer from joint problems, torn ligaments, broken bones, and even help correct congenital problems.

Dog on table with pink cast on
Dog on table with pink cast on

Overview

Orthopedic surgery treats bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles—areas in which your pet may feel pain in from a variety of conditions. If veterinary orthopedic surgery is recommended for your pet, we will do everything possible to keep them safe and comfortable before, during, and after the surgery.

Why would my pet need orthopedic 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).

When should I seek orthopedic care for my pet?

Pay attention to the way your pet is moving around, any unusual changes may mean they have an orthopedic condition.

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 take your pet to our facility for an examination.

How are typical orthopedic injuries treated?

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)

Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy is used to repair a torn ligament by changing the dynamic of the animal’s knee so that 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 (TTA)

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.

Luxating Patella Surgery

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. Bring your pet in so we can determine the best way to treat the luxation.

Fracture Repairs

A fracture is a break in the bone or cartilage and can be repaired from 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. In the unfortunate event when your pet might need a fracture repair, we offer different fracture repair modalities that can be tailored for each specific fracture type: Plating (using Titanium allow bendable ALPS plates), External Fixator or Pins and wires.

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Surgery

Cranial Cruciate Ligament CCL Tears (also known as ACL tears) are one of the most common injuries in dogs. Similar to people the CCL tears will results in pain and dysfunction in the affected leg. The goal of surgery is return your pet to full functionality to enjoy a happy and active life.

We have been performing CCL surgeries form more than 10 years. There are several surgeries available to correct the CCL tears in dogs. Our choice in treating CCL tears is the TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement) technique utilizing the brand name titanium alloy implants from KYON.

Patellar Groove Replacement (KYON)

Patellar Groove Replacement (PGR) is a very specialized and unique procedure, similar to specific type of knee replacement surgery in people. PGR help to correct severe abnormalities of the surface where the knee cap slides. Common abnormalities corrected by PGR are patellar luxations, severe arthritis of the patellar groove, etc. The procedure utilized very a special titanium alloy implant to provide very smooth surface for the patella to slide in.

Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO)

FHO is procedure aimed at reducing pain and allowing for better mobility in dogs affected by diseases of the hip joint. Common conditions that can benefit from FHO procedure are: 

  • Hip Joint

  • Femoral Head Fractures

  • Hip dislocation that cannot be corrected by other techniques (non surgical or surgical replacement, toggle pin, etc

  • Severe Hip Dysplasia

  • Develomental Diseases (like Legg Perthes disease)

Amputations

Limb amputations are considered a last resort salvage procedure. Common indications for amputations are: bone tumors, severe trauma, etc. Our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Our highly skilled doctors place the utmost emphasis on pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process. Using advanced technology, your pet's vital signs are monitored by our veterinary technicians, who will remain with your pet through recovery.