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Orthopedic Pet Surgery in Vancouver, BC

Our medical staff is trained in all aspects of Orthopedics so that your pet is not living with pain or dealing with any major injury that could hinder from them from living their lives.

Our animal hospital performs many orthopedic procedures: surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system
Corrective Bone Surgery: Bones can be cut and re-aligned, then held in place with either screws or plates.

Emergency Fracture Repair with plates, screws, pins, and wire of all major bones: Dogs and cats frequently suffer bone fractures as a result of a traumatic event, such as being hit by a car. We treat a vast array of fracture types including complex limb, pelvic, jaw, growth plate and spinal fractures

Lateral Fabellar Suture: The fabellar-tibial suture (more commonly called lateral suture) is a surgical procedure that has been used for many years in the management of dogs with torn CCL. Basically the procedure involves opening up the knee (arthrotomy), removing all the damaged ligament and cartilage, and replacing the CCL with a man-made material, usually nylon or stainless steel. Many studies have been performed on the Lateral suture, and the data is plentiful. In general, the great majority of the dogs will become between 80-85% of normal within 6 months of lateral suture and will continue to improve slightly approximately another year. Most of these dogs can run, jump, play, and swim with relative comfort. However, some degree of progressive arthritis in the knee is expected, as well as some persistent mild lameness, particularly in large very athletic dogs and in all dogs after strenuous exercise

Patella Bloc Recession for patella luxation: Luxating patella (or trick knee, subluxation of patella, floating patella, or floating kneecap) is a condition in which the patella, or kneecap, dislocates or moves out of its normal location. Patellar luxation is a common condition in dogs, particularly small and miniature breeds. The condition usually becomes evident between the ages of 4 to 6 months. It can occur in cats as well, especially the Domestic Shorthair. Grades II, III and IV require surgery to correct, if the animal has difficulty walking. The surgery required is governed by the type of abnormality present, but often involves a sulcoplasty, a deepening of the trochlear sulcus that the patella sits in, a re-alignment of the attachment of the patella tendon on the tibia, and tightening/releasing of the capsule either side of the patella, according to which side the patella is slipping. Some Grade IV conditions may require more involved surgery to realign the femur and/or tibia. Additional help can be given with the use of pet ramps, stairs, or steps. These can help the animal travel from one place to another, especially up and down, without adding any pain or damage to the patella.

TPLO, or tibial-plateau-leveling osteotomy, is a surgery performed on dogs to stabilize the stifle joint after ruptures of the cranial cruciate ligament (analogous to the anterior cruciate ligament [ACL] in humans, and sometimes colloquially called the same). In the vast majority of dogs, the cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) ruptures as a result of long-term degeneration, whereby the fibres within the ligament weaken over time. We do not know the precise cause of this, but genetic factors are probably most important, with certain breeds being predisposed (including Labradors, Rottweilers, Boxers, West Highland White Terriers and Newfoundlands). Supporting evidence for a genetic cause was primarily obtained by assessment of family lines, coupled with the knowledge that many animals will rupture the CrCL in both knees, often relatively early in life. Other factors such as obesity, individual conformation, hormonal imbalance and certain inflammatory conditions of the joint may also play a role. The cranial cruciate ligament runs from the cranila mid part of the tibial intercondylar eminence to the lateral condyle of the femur. Normally, the CrCL prevents caudal (backward) movement of the Femur relative to the Tibia. Due to selective breeding the tibial plateau slope has become sloped too far backwards so there is aconstant stress on the Cranial cruciate liagment. Over time this leads to a degenerative rupture. When it ruptures, the joint becomes unstable which causes pain and can lead to chronic progressive arthritis in the stifle if untreated. In a TPLO procedure, the tibial plateau, the portion of the tibia adjoining the stifle, is cut and rotated so that its slope changes to approximately 5 degrees from the horizontal plane,. This prevents the femur from sliding down the slope of the tibial plateau when the dog puts weight on its knee. Thus surgery generally results in faster recovery times compared to other procedures to stabilize the knee. Most dogs (over 90%) are expected to regain a very active and athletic lifestyle with no post-operative complications and without the need for any long-term pain relieving medication


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