We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our hospital. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.
Leg fractures are the most common orthopedic problem presented at our hospital 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 splint to treat certain fractures here at Intracoastal West Veterinary Hospital; however, we will refer fractures to have the following procedures performed to an orthopedic surgeon:
- “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.
We do perform other orthopedic surgeries at our hospital. Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.