Orthopaedic surgery involves dealing with bone and related structures within the body. Often, pets can fracture their bone due to trauma ie. fall or car accidents, and the joint and ligament may also be involved. Congenital issues may also lend to surgical correction, such as with limb deformities which can impact on the animal’s quality of life later on.
When bone fracture is suspected, further investigation is required to determine the extent of the injury, which can then allow us to formulate the best course of action for your pet. Following trauma, the pet must first be stabilised by assessing and dealing problems such as internal organ damage and shock, which can be life threatening. Once stabilised, diagnostic radiographs are taken to determine the extent and nature of the fracture, which then allows us select a repair option. The options for repair of fractures may involve splinting, pinning, using screws, plates , cerclage wiring around the bones, or external fixation. Depending on the type of fracture present, a combination of these techniques may be used.
The most common ligament injury which can lead to surgical correction is cruciate ligament rupture. During the consultation, the vet will examine your pet and X-rays are usually required to confirm the diagnosis whilst your pet is under anaesthetic/sedation, depending on their temperament. This will also allow your pet to be examined whilst their body is completely relaxed. Repair involves stabilising the joint involved and removing any torn or damaged tissues so as to prevent future complications.
In pets where spinal injuries or problems are suspected, we will stabilise the patient and conduct X-rays at Ringwood East Vetcare. Then depending on the diagnosis, the pet may be referred to the our Surgical Specialist if surgical intervention is required. Specialist surgeons perform all surgery in our Hospital at Ringwood East Vetcare.
Orthopaedic and Soft Tissue Surgery
Soft Tissue Surgery
This type of surgery is not associated with bones or joints of the body and can take many different forms depending on the purpose of the procedure. For example, in the case of de-sexing surgery, it is for preventative purposes (ie. unwanted pregnancies).
Some surgeries are aimed at resolving the disease process present e.g. abscess surgery. Soft tissue surgery can also be diagnostic, such as taking biopsy sample to find out what type of tissue it is that is of concern. In situations where a tumour can not be removed, we may perform palliative surgery to reduce its size so that the pet can feel more comfortable and have better quality of life.
The type of soft tissue procedure performed at Ringwood East Vetcare include:
Desexing (spey, castration)
Lumpectomy (lump removal)
Eye and eyelid surgery
Surgery of the head and mouth
Treatment of airway obstruction (soft palate, larynx)
Abdomen or chest surgery
Cancer (tumour surgery)
Surgical removal, palliative care