Orthopedic surgery involves bones, joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Fractured bones and torn ligaments are some of the most common injuries seen by the veterinary surgeon. In many cases, there are multiple injuries to the pet often as the result of trauma. Advanced techniques including the use of steel plates and screws or elaborate bone pin and clamp systems are required to adequately stabilize these injuries so that the pet can heal normally.
The surgeon also sees more subtle, chronic injuries that can be difficult to diagnose and frustrating to the pet owner. Sporting dogs, like human athletes, may acquire these injuries that though not debilitating, decrease their performance in the sport. Often, however, these sporting dogs are stoic and do not show their pain easily. A thorough orthopedic exam, radiographs (x-rays), and specialized procedures may be required to make the diagnosis in these complex cases.
Our state of-the-art surgery suite is equipped with modern anesthesia machines, heated surgery tables, and patient monitoring devices. We have invested in specialized equipment to aid in quick and successful resolutions for many orthopedic conditions.
Safety for all anesthetic and surgical patients is of primary importance to the staff at AVCG. We have instituted the highest standards of pre-operative care to ensure favorable outcomes for all patients. Along with the diagnostic tests performed by your Veterinarian, we always perform specific tests to evaluate the health of your pet prior to anesthetic induction.
- Digital Thoracic Radiographs (X-rays)
- Pre-operative ECG with Boarded Cardiologist telemedicine interpretation
- Venous Blood Gases
- Coagulation Panel (cPT and cPTT)
- Additionally all patients are supported intra-operatively with intravenous fluids appropriate for the pet’s condition.