Just like people, our pets can their their Cranial Cruciate Ligament (ACL in humans). We provide a comprehensive approach to these patients, weighing all options before performing surgery. Depending on the severity of the tear, we may recommend cage rest and laser therapy along with pain management and PRP therapy. For complete tears, we typically recommend surgery in which we place a suture in the knee to help it stabilize. This surgery reduces the amount of scar tissue that the knee produces and in turn decreases the amount of arthritis the joint will have due to the tear. We can also enter the joint and evaluate the meniscus when necessary, as it can tear as well. We perform this surgery on all size dogs, from Chihuahuas to Mastiffs with good success in long term pain control and maintaining mobility long after surgery. Consultations and surgery can be scheduled on the same day if desired, just call and talk to us for more information!
Patella Luxation Repair
Small dogs in particular are prone to having patella luxations (floating kneecap). There are several grades of severity of this disease and only the worst cases usually require surgery. Signs that your dog may be a surgical candidate including skipping on one or both hind legs when running, yelping and holding one leg up suddenly and intermittently, or feeling a pop on your dog's knee. Surgery is designed to help the patella stay in place so your pet and live without the discomfort that is caused when the patella suddenly luxates. Patella luxation is also more likely to cause arthritis when not repaired.
There are many forms of fracture repair in our pets, depending on the type and location of the fracture and the size/age of the pet. Some fractures can be managed with splints, while others require surgical means of fixation. We provide both of these options to our patients and referrals. We have the ability to pin and wire fractures of various bones and near certain joints. We also provide follow-up care and management of splints, casts, and physical rehabilitation following fracture repair. We have digital radiography, which is superior in the way it allows us to examine bones and fracture healing and find those small hairline fractures that could otherwise be missed. The sooner a fracture is repaired, the better the outcome.