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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. Orthopedic surgery can also include dewclaw and front declaw (onychectomy).

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. Orthopedic surgery can also include dewclaw removal and front declaw.

After taking a complete history, performing a physical exam, and performing necessary diagnostics, such as radiographs, your veterinarian may recommend your pet have an orthopedic surgery. We will work closely with you to decide what is best for your pet, whether that is performing surgery in our hospital or referring you and your pet to a specialty practice in the event your pet requires specialized surgical care. We do everything possible to keep your pet safe and comfortable before, during, and after 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). Orthopedic surgery can also include dewclaw removal and front declaw surgery. Front declaws are only performed after a one-on-one consultation with your veterinarian and after careful consideration of all options.

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?

After a consultation with your veterinarian they may recommend an orthopedic surgery for your pet. Some common orthopedic surgeries include TPLO, TTA, Patella Luxation surgery, fracture repair. It may be necessary to refer you and your pet to a specialty practice for specialized surgical care.

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. 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.

Feline Onychectomy

Onychectomy is surgical amputation of a cat’s third phalanges (toe bones) and the attached claws. Scratching is a part of a cat’s natural instinct. In fact, they do it to mark their territory, not to hurt others. There are a variety of methods you can try to prevent their scratching behavior in a destructive and harmful way. Declawing should only be considered after all other options are explored. Your pet’s safety and comfort are our primary concerns when performing a declaw. We use advanced pain management techniques in conjunction with anesthesia to make sure your pet is as comfortable as possible during the procedure and after they are discharged.

We believe feline onychectomy should be performed only with the medically appropriate use of anesthetics and analgesics and adherence to careful surgical and post-surgical protocols.

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.