Orthopedic Surgery

Advanced Orthopedic Procedures and Repair of Broken Limbs

Many general practitioners perform very few major orthopedic procedures because of either lack of equipment, or unfamiliarity with the procedure. Others, such as our veterinarians at Willamette Valley Animal Hospital, have extensive training and experience in many orthopedic procedures. So we can repair many congenital problems or traumatic injuries without the necessity or cost of referral to specialist surgeons. Very difficult procedures may still be referred. Surgery of fractures in small animals is generally recommended because bandages and splints are extremely difficult to deal with for both the pet and the owners at home. With surgery most pets can enjoy less pain, and a much earlier return to almost normal use of the affected limb with much fewer complications.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture is one of the most common rear limb lameness problem in the dog. Our doctors have the equipment and hundreds of cases of experience in performing extracapsular repair for cruciate ligament tears. Most dogs can go back to 80% plus function after recovering from this surgery. It is performed by laser to improve early return to function.

Fracture Repair can in most cases be handled at our facility. We can perform bone pinning, plating, external fixators, and interlocking nail repair, depending on the type of fracture in dogs and cats.

Medial Patellar Luxation is a patella, or knee cap problem, often seen in small breed dogs that is a genetic problem where the knee cap slips out of its groove at the knee and can cause severe lameness and malformation of the entire rear leg. We routinely repair these problems with very good outcomes for 95% return to function.

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement is a newer method of repair for a cranial cruciate ligament rupture. Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) is now performed at our clinic. Similar to the referral TPLO surgery, but more moderately priced, TTA get faster return to function for medium to large dogs. While a fairly new procedure, TTA’s results have been very exciting with better recoveries for our furry family members.

See our new DiA software for animations of these various procedures and many more!

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