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Orthopedic Surgery

Radius before ulna fracture

Radius after ulna fracture

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 the most common orthopedic problem 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. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention:

  • “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
  • “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
  • “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using 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.

TPLO Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy

TPLO is a procedure that is repairing a tear in the Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL). A CCL tear is just like us humans when we tear our ACL! So, this tear in the CCL is the most common orthopedic injury seen in dogs of all ages and breeds.

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

Fracture Before

Fracture After

TPLO Lateral