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Soft Tissue & Orthopedic

Overview

Soft tissue surgery can help your pets if they have a problem with their gastrointestinal system (oral cavity, stomach, intestines), spleen, liver, renal system (including the kidneys, ureters/urethra, or urinary bladder), respiratory system, reproductive system, or need to have a mass removed that may be growing in the abdomen or chest cavity.

Why would my pet need soft-tissue surgery?

There are many problems that can occur in many areas of an animal’s body that may require surgery. Tumors can occur in the mouth, chest or abdominal cavity, or the limbs that may need to be removed. Intestinal surgery is indicated if your pet has ingested a foreign object that is not passing through the intestinal tract.

Occasionally cats and dogs may develop stones in their kidneys, urinary bladder, or urethra that cause problems with urination. Treatment for these types of stones generally requires surgery.

Female dogs and cats may have difficulty giving birth and require a caesarian section to save the Mom and the babies. They can also have infections of the uterus, if they are not spayed, and require emergency surgery to remove the uterus and save them.

A number of problems can occur in the thoracic (chest) cavity that necessitate surgical interventions including pyothorax, pneumothorax, diaphragmatic hernias, lung lobe abnormalities, and penetrating foreign bodies.

Our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Our highly skilled doctors place the utmost emphasis on pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the surgical treatment process. Using advanced technology, your pet's vital signs are monitored by our veterinary technicians, who will remain with your pet through recovery.

Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery can help pets who suffer from joint problems, torn ligaments, broken bones, and even help correct congenital problems.

Overview

Orthopedic surgery treats bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles—areas in which your pet may feel pain from a variety of conditions. If veterinary orthopedic surgery is recommended for your pet, we will do everything possible to keep them safe and comfortable before, during, and after the surgery.

Why would my pet need orthopedic surgery?

Orthopedic surgery can help animals who suffer from joint problems, torn ligaments, broken bones, and can even help correct congenital problems. Most orthopedic surgery is focused around the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), also referred to as the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).

When should I seek orthopedic care for my pet?

Pay attention to the way your pet is moving. Any unusual changes in their gait or stance may indicate that they have an orthopedic condition.

Typical symptoms of an orthopedic disorder include difficulty rising up, favoring a leg intermittently when walking, limping, swelling in the leg, and stiffness or decreased activity level. If you notice any of these problems, you should have your pet examined at our facility by a veterinarian.

How are typical orthopedic injuries treated?

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)

Tibial plateau leveling osteotomy is used to repair a torn knee ligament by changing the dynamic of the knee joint. The ligament becomes irrelevant to the stability of the knee by counteracting the force that caused the ligament to tear. The reconstructive surgery cuts the tibia bone, rotates it, and repaired by metal plates. This is an extremely effective long-term solution for certain knee injuries.

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

Tibial tuberosity advancement is a reconstructive surgery used to repair a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), also referred to as the Anterior Cruciate ligament (ACL) by changing the dynamic of the ligament so that it is no longer necessary for the stabilization. The surgery uses titanium implants and has a quick recovery time.

Luxating Patella Surgery

Patellar luxation is a dislocated knee cap and most commonly seen in small breed dogs. Most patellar luxation occurs when the patellar displaces from its normal position to the inside of the knee. Pets with this condition may have an intermittent non-weight bearing lameness and you may even hear a popping noise in their knee. There are many ways to treat this from a simple knee brace for a Grade 1 luxation, to realignment surgery for lower grade luxations. Bring your pet in so we can determine the best way to treat the luxation.

Fracture Repairs

A fracture is a break in the bone or cartilage and can be repaired with a range of techniques including simple external splinting to more advanced internal plating. Fractures are typically caused by trauma, a disease or tumor in the bone, or stress applied to a certain bone.

Our veterinarians adhere to the highest level of care standards for all surgical procedures. Our highly skilled doctors place the utmost emphasis on pain management to ensure your pet is safe and comfortable throughout the treatment process. Using advanced technology, your pet's vital signs are monitored by our veterinary technicians, who will remain with your pet through recovery.