Orthopedic Surgery focuses on surgical treatments and repairs for your pet’s bones and joints. Pets who experience bone fractures and other trauma may require orthopedic surgery. Orthopedic surgery requires a significant amount of rehabilitation but can be the single most effective way of returning your pet to normal health.
TPLO- Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy
The goal of a TPLO surgery is to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament, also commonly referred to as the dog ACL. When a dog tears its ACL, every time the animal goes to put pressure on the leg, the femur slides or rubs on the back of the tibia, causing pain and inflammation to your companion. Because of the uncomfortable and severe pain that is caused to your pet, they often do not put any weight on the leg eventually causing them to limp. Through advanced surgical repair of stabilizing the knee and proper rehabilitation your pet will develop full use of the affected limb again.
MPL- Patellar Luxations
The patella, or more commonly referred to as the kneecap, is a small bone buried in the tendon of the quadriceps muscles of the thigh. Medial Patella Luxation is a very common problem encountered in veterinary medicine. MPL can be caused for a number of reasons, although it is mostly caused by trauma and is more prevalent in dogs than cats. A dog with a patellar luxation usually has an abnormally shallow femoral groove and has malformation of the extensor system. Because of these malformations and abnormalities the patella can slip toward the inside (medial patellar luxation) or outside (lateral patellar luxation) of the stifle. Depending on the severity and grade of the patellar luxation, surgery may be required. After precise reconstruction of the soft tissues surrounding the kneecap your pet will gain full mobility and good, if not excellent function of the knee again.