We perform only limited orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we usually refer them to board certified surgeons to perform the more comples surgeries, which require special instrumentation and training.
Leg fractures are the most common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention:
- “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
- “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
- “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.
Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.