Orthopaedic Surgeries

Orthopaedic Surgeries

Our experienced veterinarians are able to competently perform most orthopaedic surgeries. This not only allows for local treatment and management but also significant cost savings.

Common procedures successfully performed at the clinic for more than three decades include:

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair

There are now various techniques available to do this procedure and we will discuss the best option for you and your pet – these include the extra-capsular technique and the triple tibial osteotomy technique. The surgeries aim to stabilise the knee joint by either replacing the function of the ligament with a synthetic material  OR by removing the need for the ligament by changing the mechanics of how a dog/cat weight bears on their leg.


    Fracture Repair

    There are many types of fractures – the severity, location and nature of the fracture along with the health state of your pet will determine what technique is used/needed to repair it (various surgical techniques (plates, pins, screws and casting where appropriate).

      Patella Tendon Transplant

      This is required in the situation where your dog’s patella/s (knee cap/s) are popping in and out of place all the time causing your dog to limp. The surgery aims to stabilise the knee cap in its correct position and also delay the progression and development of arthritis in the affected joint.

        Femoral Head Resection

        This surgery involves resection of the ball part of the thigh bone – this is reserved for cases where fractures have occurred in this area, significant hip osteoarthritis, a disease of young dogs where the blood supply to this part of thigh bone is lost, and some cases of hip dysplasia where other surgeries aren’t an option for repair/treatment.

          Reduction and Stabilisation of Dislocations

          Traumatic injury can often result in dislocated joints – we are able to manage these cases at our hospital.

          Amputation where necessary

          There are situations where unfortunately this procedure will provide the best health outcome for your pet – in general younger animals are much better able to cope with this procedure.


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