Just like in people, our pets can develop problems with their bones and joints over time or from an injury.

These issues often affect their ability to move around from day to day, decreasing their quality of life and yours. At Hampton Park, we offer orthopedic surgeries to improve their range of motion and decrease pain so that your family can get back to living a happy and comfortable life.
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Ligament Disease

There are a few major ligaments in the stifle (between the thigh bone and the lower leg bones) and hip joints in pets. These ligaments help to stabilize the joint when they are walking, running and playing. Unfortunately, they can become damaged either through an acute injury or degenerative disease. One of the most common in dogs is a rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament — also known as the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. It’s the most common cause of lameness in the hind legs of our canine friends and it can lead to further joint disease.

We often see Lynbrook area pets for orthopedic care in our animal hospital from a few common causes. The most simple one is just repetitive movements that put little tears in a ligament over time. Maybe your pup has a bad habit of jumping off a tall bed, or they play a little too hard at fetch. Symptoms of a ligament tear include pain and stiffness, limping or staggering and changes in willingness to play. If you’re concerned about your pet, we’re here to figure out what’s wrong and how to help them live a comfortable life.

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.

  • Fracture Repair

    Both specialised bone plates and pins are used to repair traumatic bone fractures.

  • Hip Surgery

    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.

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Caring For Life

Centrally located, Hampton Park Veterinary Hospital provides pet orthopedics in Hampton Park, Lynbrook, Narre Warren South and the surrounding areas, including Narre Warren North, Lyndhurst, Berwick, Hallam, Doveton, Dandenong South, Cranbourne, Cranbourne East, Cranbourne West, Cranbourne South and Endeavour Hills.