Orthopedic surgery refers to surgery of the bones. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be necessary including fractures, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, and torn cruciate ligaments. Some of these orthopedic surgeries can be performed in clinic. We welcome a surgeon to come to the clinic to perform these. Occasionally patients are referred to another facility to a Board Certified surgeon to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.
Common Pet Orthopedic Joint Surgeries
Torn ACL or cranial cruciate ligament repair is the most common. Our veterinarian animal hospital offers three types of this surgery:
Extracapsularrepair- This is most suited to small dogs/cats, or low activity pets. Cost: $1150 -1600
TTA (tibial tuberosity advancement)-this surgery is more involved but is better suited for large breed, active dogs. Recovery is smoother and has fewer complications. Cost: $2300 – 2600
TPLO- This surgery is also best for large breed dogs . Cost $2400-$2800
Leg fracturesRadial, femoral, humeral, tibialfractures are also 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.
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.
Other orthopedic surgeries our vet clinic commonly performs are: