Orthopedic surgery refers to bone surgery. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be necessary including leg fractures, hip dysplasia, disc disease, etc. Most orthopedic surgeries can be performed at our clinic by a mobile specialist. We feel so fortunate to have Dr. Kaylon and Dr. Mark Smith with their calm and assured manners, to bring our orthopedic patients back to health. We also refer our patients to the surgeons at Canada West Vet Spec. to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.
Leg fractures are one of the most common orthopedic problems presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture.
A cast can be applied to the leg to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention.
“Pinning” is a surgical technique whereby a long stainless steel rod is inserted into the middle of the bone. The rod traverses the fractured area.
“Plating” is a surgical technique whereby a flat stainless steel ‘plate’ is attached to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
“External fixation” is a technique used to stabilize fractures with a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.
The method of repair will depend on the location and type of fracture present. We hope you do not have to use our orthopedic services for this purpose. In the unfortunate event that you do, you can be assured that we are able to proceed with a treatment that will enhance your pet’s healing time and reduce the long term potential problems associated with a fracture or other orthopedic surgery.
SOME CONDITIONS WHICH REQUIRE ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY:
- Ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (ACL)
- Patellar luxation
- Intervertebral disk disease- if paralysis appears to be developing
- Hip dysplasia- if detected early