We are equipped to perform many types of orthopedic (bone + joint) surgeries in our hospital. Services include lameness evaluation, fracture repair, joint surgery, cruciate ligament repair, and laser therapy.
Fracture Repair: Fractures are repaired using one of the following techniques depending on the location and severity of the break.
- “Pinning/Wire Fixation” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area. They are mainly temporary and removed post operation after a definitive time of healing.
- “External Skeletal Fixation” consists of inserting two or more pins each in the proximal and distal bone fracture fragments. The pins are connected by clamps to an external connecting bar. They are useful to treat a wide variety of fractures.
Cruciate Ligament Repair: TightRope Technique
- “Cruciate Ligament injuries” are the most common cause of serious lameness in dogs. The cranial cruciate ligament is a small but essential ligament located inside the stifle (knee) joint. This is equivalent to the human ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) which is commonly torn by professional athletes.
Dogs which tear their cruciate ligament show signs of non-weight bearing lameness, either due to extreme physical activity or gradually over time. Once the cruciate ligament has ruptured it cannot heal, leading to an unstable joint, pain when standing or walking and progressive development of arthritis. Veterinarians can perform cruciate repair surgery to stabilize the joint and help the dog return to full mobility.
- “TightRope Technique” is a new and highly effective approach to correcting cranial cruciate ligament injuries in dogs. The procedure is minimally invasive and replaces the function of the damaged cranial cruciate ligament with a strong synthetic ligament directly anchored to the bones one either side of the joint. This creates a very strong repair which produces positive results with a better safety risk profile compared with other procedures for dogs of all sizes.
- TPLO “Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy” is a very effective, long-term solution for addressing cruciate ligament injury in dogs. The process involves changing the dynamics of the dog’s knee so that the torn ligament becomes irrelevant to the stability of the knee itself.
Make an appointment with us to talk about the details and outcomes of CCL repair using the TightRope or TPLO Technique.
K-Laser – Laser Therapy
- “K-Laser Therapy” is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. It is a painless, non-invasive procedure.