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Orthopedic Surgery

We currently offer surgeries to repair the following common orthopedic conditions:

  • Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Rupture
  • Patella Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Others on a case-by-case basis

Along with serving our own patients, we accept referrals from other veterinarians for cruciate surgery.  

All operations include balanced pain management and recheck progress examinations.  Pre-surgical examinations are required where our digital x-ray system will be utilized to make an accurate diagnosis.

We offer a full range of orthopedic services in- hospital, including open and closed reductions of fractures, knee reconstruction, hip surgery, patellar stabilization, and biopsies.  We have an aggressive approach to managing chronic degenerative joint disease and arthritis using the latest nutriceuticals and medical therapies.

Cruciate (ACL) Ligament Rupture
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture is one of the most common orthopedic conditions seen in dogs today.  It can occur in any size dog from toy to giant breeds.  Breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and others are frequently diagnosed.  After the ligament has ruptured it results in a swollen, unstable knee (stifle) joint causing the pet to limp and have discomfort.

Diagnosis is made on palpation of the joint to test for instability, as well as taking x-rays.

We are equipped to perform extracapsular joint stabilization surgery on dogs with cruciate ligament rupture.  The goal of surgery is to remove the damaged tissue in the joint and then stabilize it with a heavy gauge monofilament implant with stainless steel crimps.  After a period of recovery, fibrosis of the surrounding tissues occurs and will provide long term support of the knee joint.





Patella Luxation
Patella luxation, or knee cap dislocation, is another common orthopedic condition in dogs.  We commonly see this is small breeds of dogs such as Yorkies, Chihuahuas, and other terriers.  It may cause lameness, discomfort, and predisposition to arthritis in the joint.  This can be a heritable condition and often involves both hind legs.

One of the surgical procedures to correct this condition is called the Trochelar Wedge Resection.  This involves deepening the groove that the knee cap sits in and suturing the joint capsule to support the knee cap in its normal position.

Hip Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia is a very debilitating disease.  It can be seen in both dogs and cats.  Smaller breeds of dogs may have a similar condition called Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease or avascular necrosis of the femoral head and neck.

For patients that are not able to be managed with medications, surgery may be necessary.  One procedure is the Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy or FHO.  The goal of this surgery is to remove the diseased bone allowing the creation of a pain-free fibrous joint.

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