Orthopedic Surgery– Examination and Diagnosis
Before performing orthopedic surgery, a proper diagnosis of orthopedic disease is required. We begin with a thorough exam of the patient along with properly positioned digital x-rays and palpation of the affected part of the body. An extensive client consult is then conducted to explain the diagnosis, pathology and patient’s treatment options and plan.
Types of Orthopedic Surgery
Kingsburg Veterinary Clinic is proud to offer comprehensive care for all fractures and dislocations seen in cats and dogs. Almost all fractures and other orthopedic injuries have a surgical and /or management solution and most have several possible acceptable treatments, no matter how bad it might appear. We offer a wide array of fracture stabilization options, ranging from cast application, IM pins to plating of fractured bones.
Bone plates are one of the strongest and most effective methods of fixing a fracture. Fractures are common in pets and are caused by a variety of reasons.
The diagnosis, treatment and repair of damaged or ruptured Cranial Cruciate Ligaments in dogs. Cruciate ligament disease in dogs is by far the most common orthopedic injury we treat. We offer Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) and extracapsular repair for all breeds of dogs. The repair choice is tailored to that which best suits the individual patient. We provide comprehensive case management from start to finish and offer many additional services, including laser therapy and physiotherapy consultation to reduce recovery time and assist with pain management.
Patellar luxation occurs when the knee cap dislocates and is both painful and a cause of chronic lameness and arthritis. It can be traumatic and associated with cruciate ligament rupture or is seen as an inherited defect in certain small breeds of dogs like Yorkshire terriers. It is often bilateral (both legs affected) and is occasionally also seen in cats. Correction of patellar luxation is a routine and relatively basic orthopedic procedure.
We offer TPLO Surgery (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) and extracapsular repair for all breeds of dogs. The TPLO procedure stabilizes the knee by leveling the tibial plateau.
There are a number of problems affecting the hip that may require surgical intervention. They include fractures, dislocation and hip dysplasia. The repair depends on the nature of the problem and in many circumstances may be dictated by conditions during surgery. Toggle pin fixation surgery can be performed to replace a dislocated hip joint. Femoral head and neck osteotomy is recommended for disease of femur head and as an alternative procedure for hip dislocations in small cats and dogs.