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Orthopedic problems can inhibit a pet’s ability to happily walk, play, and stand up. We are proud to offer orthopedic surgery options to help your pet get back to a healthy and comfortable level of mobility. Orthopedic surgery is a corrective skeletal surgery intended to alleviate problems with tendons, ligaments, joints, bones, and muscles.
If your pet has been involved in an accident or has experienced trauma, prompt X-rays can determine whether bone fracture or further injury has occurred. Pets don’t always exhibit external indications of pain and may need to undergo orthopedic surgery to fix or prevent complications.
Common orthopedic surgical procedures:
· ACL rupture
· Bone fractures
· Hip dysplasia
· Joint dislocations
· Osteochondrosis (typically only occurs in large breeds)
· Patellar luxation
We perform numerous orthopedic procedures here in our office, including patellar luxation repair, extracapsular ACL repair, femoral head and neck ostectomy, fracture repairs, and other procedures as our patients require them.
How are bone fractures repaired? Simple fractures can be reset using a cast or splint and typically do not require surgery. If a fracture is displaced, surgery is usually necessary to give bones stability. Our veterinarians will determine, based on the fracture type, location, and severity whether the problem is best handled here in or office or by referral to a board certified veterinary orthopedic surgeon. A surgical procedure for bone fracture caters to each individual case, but the following methods are most commonly used:
· Surgical plating – A metal plate is aligned next to the fracture and holes are drilled into the bone so pins can be inserted to permanently fixate the plate to support the bone.
· Pin fixation – A metal pin is surgically inserted into the fractured bone.
· External fixation – Pins are surgically connected to the fractured bones and are then attached outside of the skin with rods and clamps.
Regardless of whether your pet has a cast or surgery, fractures can take up to four months to heal. The care process also requires owner involvement; after your pet’s fracture is treated, we will give you proper care instructions relative to the procedure performed, usually involving a period of strict crate rest and anti-inflammatory and pain medications.
Please contact our office today to determine if your pet is a good candidate for skeletal corrective surgery.