There are many different medical cases where surgery may be required on your animal, and the experts at Normandale Veterinary Hospital will be sure to take care your four legged family member as if he or she were one of our own. It is a scary time if your pet needs to undergo orthopedic surgery and there are many questions that you may have.  Below, we have listed a few of the more common types of orthopedic surgeries that are performed, the method used to fix the medical issue, and the type of recovery to expect.


Torn Ligaments

Animals are just like people and sometimes they need to have their knees repaired.  Most common in dogs that are medium size and larger, a common ligament injury is a torn Cranial Cruciate Ligament, or CCL.  This type of injury is typically a result of an accident or trauma.  When the CCL is torn, the knee is left unstable.  If it is not repaired quickly, the knee can eventually become weakened and deteriorate to the point where the knee joint develops arthritis.  This type of injury can be fixed surgically through TTA, or Total Tuberosity Advancement.  This method is commonly viewed as the best to repair torn ligaments because it is the least invasive, has the smallest occurrence of morbidity, and has a great post surgery recovery rate.


Bone Fractures

Often bone fractures caused by accidents will require surgery to repair the bone.  One method used is the Advanced Locking Plate System, or ALPS.  This system is available for all sizes and breeds of animals.  ALPS is the preferred system to repair bones for many reasons.  The system reduces the chance of potential damage to the blood supply in the limb.  Further, ALPS also reduces the risk of infection and is able to accelerate healing for the fastest recovery.


Hip Replacements

A total hip replacement may be necessary for any number of reasons, but most commonly it is seen in accidents or in severe cases of hip dysplasia.  Not every dog is a good candidate though, and your dog's medical history will thoroughly be considered before deciding if a total hip replacement is the best course of action.  Your dog may be a good candidate if he or she has no other bone or joint issues, is clear of any nerve disease, is mature in age, and has no other medical issues.  If your dog is not in pain and does not suffer from decreased mobility, then a hip replacement might not be the best course of action.