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SURGERY

Soft Tissue Surgery

We are often called upon to perform soft tissue surgeries involving the gastrointestinal and urogenital systems as well as skin, ears and eyes.  For special occasions we call board certified veterinary surgeons who come to us or who accept referrals to their own clinics. 


Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery means operations on the bones, joints and muscles.  Most commonly we repair torn ligaments and broken (fractured) bones.


Cruciate Ligament Repair

The cruciate ligaments are located in the knee joint.  Excessive stress and weakness on the tissue sometimes cause the ligaments to get over-stretched or torn.  This happens mostly in mid aged to older larger dogs, but it can happen in all species, breeds and age group.  The typical symptoms of an injured cruciate ligament is a sudden lameness on one hind-leg and they are often so severe that dogs do not put the paw to the ground.

There are several surgical techniques that help stabilize the joint and reduce the development of arthritis.  As there is no case equal to another there are no firm rules as to when and whether to perform the surgery and every patient has to be evaluated according to the individual circumstances.


Fracture Repair

Fractures are much less common in our practice than they were ten years ago.  We see much less car accidents which was the cause of most of the broken bones. 

Fractures require frequently a surgical repair in animals since casts don not immobilize the leg as well as in people.  The different shape of animal legs causes most casts to slip off and bones above the elbow and knee joint cannot be bandaged successfully. 

The treatment of choice in fractured bones is therefore the surgical stabilization of the fragments with the use of metal implants, screws, plates and pins.  This is a very specialized field within veterinary surgery and we call in specially trained surgeons who perform these surgeries on our premises. 

 

Patella Luxation

The patellar luxation is a common condition in smaller dog breeds, however it can occur also in larger breeds and in cats.  The knee-cap (patella) slides out (luxates) of the physiological groove in which it normally rides.  This causes intermittent lameness and eventually arthritis.  A corrective surgery is sometimes required.

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