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Orthopedic surgery can help pets who suffer from joint problems, torn ligaments, broken bones, and even help correct congenital problems.
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.
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 or CCL. Sometimes referred to as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament, the CCL is the strongest and most important ligament in the knee.
The CCL provides your pet with stability while standing but is strained while bearing weight. If your pet is holding their leg off of the ground, limping, or stiff, they may need a CCL repair. 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.
Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy is used to repair a torn CCL 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)
Similarly to TPLO, tibial tuberosity advancement is a reconstructive surgery used to repair a torn CCL by changing the dynamic of the ligament so that it is no longer necessary for the stabilization. The surgery uses titanium implants, and is less invasive than TPLO with a quicker recovery time.
Luxating Patella Surgery
Patellar luxation is a dislocated knee cap. 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.
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.
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.