Orthopedics is a medical specialty which deals with problems of the musculoskeletal system. This includes the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. We oftentimes deal with orthopedic problems caused which are hereditary, occur during growth of an animal, or are caused by acute trauma such as an animal getting hit by a car. In animals, owners can usually recognize these issues through visible limping and/or lameness. This can be divided into two categories. Acute limping and lameness which is usually caused by trauma, and chronic limping and lameness which has been occurring for several days or weeks.
X-ray evaluation of orthopedic ailments
Orthopedic defects (DKK, DLK, OCD, growth deformities, etc)
Orthopedic trauma surgery (luxation, fractures, etc.)
X-ray evaluations for kennel clubs
Cranial (or anterior) cruciate ligament rupture - TTA surgery
Patellar luxation - lateral and medial
OCD (cartilage damage)- shoulder, knee, tarsus
Joint trauma - luxation, and fractures
Broken bones - internal/external stabilization
Muscle, ligament, and tendon repair
Arthrodesis - artificial induction of joint ossification between two bones
Amputation of limbs
Unique Orthopedic Cases
Surgery of a damaged lateral knee ligament: 10 week old German Shepherd puppy was presented with lameness. The side ligaments stabilize the knee from any side to side movement. The deformity is determined by significant instability of the joint and great lateral movements of the joint which is easily visible on x-rays. Surgery is performed by reconstructing the ligament with a special non-absorbable suture.