Orthopedic Surgery

We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.

Leg fractures are a common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from various forms of trauma. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention: “Pinning/ Wire” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.

We can repair many fractures in our hospital using this technique. Some more complicated fractures require “plating” or “external fixation”, and if your pet requires these we will refer you to a veterinary surgical specialist.

Pets also tear their cruciate ligaments (ACL) almost as commonly as their owners. We routinely repair torn ACL’s of small pets (under 30-40 lbs) using an extracapsular Securos band technique. Larger dogs, in particular ones still very active, may require a technique called TPLO for successful repair. If your dog needs a TPLO we will refer you to a specialist.

Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.