Orthopaedic surgery encompasses any surgery that is related to bones or joints. It includes procedures such as fracture repairs, ligament repairs and spinal surgery to name a few.
Our veterinarians’ high level of expertise and our practice’s fully equipped surgical suite allows us to perform certain orthopaedic surgical procedures that your pet may require. These may include:
For small animals this involes making an artifical ligament with a strong suture material. However, this proceedure is less effective in larger dogs. The best result requires a specialised proceedure called a Triple Tibial Oestiotomy (TTO for short) which involves the cutting and reconfigering of the knee joint with surgical plates and screws.
The method of repair is dependent of the type of break and the location, and could invole surgical plates and screws or pins and wire.
Unfortunatley, fractures caused by bone cancer and some servere fractures can not be surgically repaired, and amputaion may be required.
Complicated orthopaedic cases, such as spinal surgery, will need to be referred to a specialist orthopaedic surgeon. Our veterinarians will assess each case individually, often with x-rays and/or other test to determine the serverity and exact location of the problem which will enable us to provide the best advice for you and your pet.