Orthopaedic surgeries involve dealing with joints and broken bones. In order to diagnose any orthopaedic problems the veterinarian will evaluate the history of the problem (signs and ongoing symptoms) and complete a thorough physical examination and localize the problem area. Further testing involves gate analysis, palpation of the affected area and X-rays of the area. In some cases the pet may be sedated for proper X-ray positioning.
Common orthopaedic surgeries are fracture repair, cruciate surgery and hip surgeries. Fracture repairs involve simple splinting and mobilizing the affected area so the bones can heal, a process called external fixation. In some cases just splinting does not resolve the problem in which case more invasive surgery is required, this is known as internal fixation. These surgeries involve pinning, plating or wiring to mobilize the area. Depending on the bone involved this surgery may be done by the in house veterinarian, Dr. Dev or in certain cases a specialist is called in.
The most common surgery involving the knee is the cruciate surgery. Where one of the cruciate ligaments is broken causing the knee to become unstable. There are numerous techniques used to stabilize the knee. Dr. Dev will perform lateral imbrication technique to stabilize the knee. Dr. Dev has taken special interest in this surgery, he has completed various continuing education courses to further his knowledge on this technique. Other techniques like TPLO and TTA can be performed in house through a board certified specialist.
Hip surgeries are performed in clinic by Dr. Dev. These involve femoral head osteotomy (FHO).