Just like in people, our pets can develop problems with their bones and joints over time or from an injury.
Common Orthopedic Surgeries Performed
Cruciate Ligament Surgery
Think about cruciate ligament surgery as the human equivalent to when someone has a knee reconstruction.
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) surgery and Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) are the most commonly done. Both of these advanced surgeries act to change the angle of the knee joint and so take the pressure off the ruptures cruciate ligament.
Modified D’Anglis Procedure places a false ligament approximating the cruciate ligament around the knee joint. This is often used in smaller dogs to treat cruciate ligament disease.
Both specialised bone plates and pins are used to repair traumatic bone fractures.
The hip is a ball and socket joint: the ball of the thigh bone fits snugly into the hip socket. When the hip joint is damaged, it no longer fits snugly and is a constant source of pain. A Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) is removal of the ball. Often this is used in cases of hip fracture that cannot be repaired, diseases of the thigh bone (ball) or to reduce pain from hip dysplasia or osteoarthritis.