An Owner’s Guide to Orthopedic Surgery for Pets
People undergo orthopedic procedures all the time. In fact, you may know someone who has had an orthopedic surgery or even have had one yourself. With advances in veterinary medicine, more and more pets are also reaping the benefits of these types of procedures. At All Pets Vet Hospital, we are passionate about providing orthopedic surgery for pets who need it.
Understanding Orthopedic Surgery for Pets
Orthopedic surgery concentrates on correcting ailments and disorders of the bones and joints of the body. These types of surgeries can be quite complex and many require advanced training, extensive experience, and specialized equipment; we are happy to be able to offer all of these qualifications at All Pets.
Problems involving the bones and joints can be extremely painful and interfere with our animals’ quality of life. Pets who can benefit from orthopedic surgery include those with:
- Fractures and dislocations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Developmental problems like hip dysplasia or luxating patellae
- Degenerative problems, including osteoarthritis
We are experienced in surgeries for things like cruciate ligament injuries, hip problems, elbow conditions, broken bones, cartilage defects, and more.
The Ins and Outs of Veterinary Orthopedics
Before your pet has an orthopedic procedure performed, it is important to understand what is happening; take the time to educate yourself on your pet’s diagnosis and what procedure is being performed. We’re certain this will help you know what to expect, and we’re always happy to sit down with you and discuss this information.
Pets who are undergoing orthopedic surgery will be anesthetized, though the type of anesthesia will depend on the procedure. We understand that anesthesia can be a scary concept for some pet owners, but rest assured: we take anesthesia very seriously and do everything that we can to be sure that your pet’s anesthesia experience is as safe as possible.
We are able to use an arthroscope, or small camera that fits into the joints, to complete many types of surgical procedures as well.
Pain Management in Veterinary Orthopedic Care
Pain management before, during, and after any orthopedic procedure is also very important. Because orthopedic surgery in pets is often fairly invasive, it is important to manage and prevent discomfort wherever possible. Pets undergoing surgery will receive several types of pain medication during their stay and are usually discharged with a pain management protocol.
We also have the ability to use advanced techniques such as therapeutic laser treatment to help manage pain in addition to more traditional means. Rehabilitation and underwater treadmill therapy are also a great help to many of our orthopedic surgery patients.
Orthopedic surgery in pets can be seem a little overwhelming, but we are so thankful to have the expertise and knowledge needed to help so many pets. If your pet needs an orthopedic procedure, please contact us to schedule an appointment and we would be happy to help you obtain more information!