Orthopedic surgery treats bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. We offer the following orthopedic surgeries:
Patellar luxation (‘dislocated knee cap’) is a common congenital disorder of small breed dogs. Most patellar luxation occurs when the patella displaces from its normal position towards the inside of the knee. Pets with this condition may have an intermittent non-weight bearing lameness and you may even hear a popping noise in their knee. Patellar luxation can also result from trauma to the knee in dogs and cats, which presents acutely and is usually more painful. Both can be resolved with surgery.
Tightrope CCL was developed two years ago to provide a minimally invasive and improved method for extracapsular stabilization of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). This technique does not require cutting of the bone like the TPLO or TTA procedures, but instead uses small drill holes in the femur and tibia to pass a synthetic ligament-like biomaterial through a small incision to provide bone-to-bone stabilization during healing. The biomaterial used the TightRope CCL is called FiberTape. This is a kevlar-like material that is used extensively in human surgery for many orthopedic applications. This material has properties that make it stronger and less prone to failure than any other suture materials currently being used for CCL reconstructions.