What is orthopedic surgery?
Orthopedic surgeries can improve the quality of life for dogs and cats with diseases and injuries in their bones, ligaments, joints, tendons, and other skeletal structures.
Orthopedic surgeries performed will include a complete orthopedic examination, including the diagnosis of causes of lameness and pain.
Our advanced imaging and diagnostic tools help us provide accurate and effective orthopedic diagnosis for your animal companion.
Vet Orthopedic Surgeon
We are proud to partner with Dr. Felts, DVM, orthopedic surgeon, to provide surgeries to pets in need of orthopedic care. Dr. Felts graduated from the University of Illinois, with his post-Doctorate at Davis and surgical residency at the Animal Medical center in NYC, and has been performing surgeries for 30 years.
Common Orthopedic Conditions
There is a wide range of orthopedic conditions that affect cats and dogs. The following are among the most common:
- Hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia is the medical term for a hip socket that doesn't fully cover the ball portion of the upper thighbone, allowing the hip joint to become partially or completely dislocated. It is most common in German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and other large breed dogs.
Total hip replacement is the most effective surgical treatment for hip dysplasia. The surgeon replaces the entire joint with metal and plastic implants, returning hip function to a more normal range.
- Cruciate Ligament Tears
Torn cruciate ligaments in dogs, just like in people, must be surgically repaired to prevent arthritis. There are many different types of surgical procedures that can be used to repair this injury, and the type used typically depends on the size of the dog.
CCL surgery for dogs may include a number of different techniques that aim to provide stability to the joint.
- Luxating Patellas
The patella (knee cap) lies in a cartilaginous groove at the end of the femur at the stifle. A luxating patella occurs when the knee cap moves out of its natural position. Knee cap problems are common in many dog breeds, both large and small.
Surgery is recommended for animals that have significant lameness as a result of luxating patellas, with the goal of keeping the patella in its appropriate location at all times.
- Disc Disease
Just like humans, dogs can develop disc problems in their neck and backs. Breeds that commonly suffer from neck disc problems are Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Dachshunds and Lhasa Apsos. Large breed dogs are more likely to have chronic lower back issues.
Dogs with advanced disc disease should have surgery as soon as possible. The sooner that surgery is done, the better the prognosis.
Some of the veterinary orthopedic surgeries available at our Rancho Cucamonga clinic include:
- Arthrodesis (joint fusion)
- Cruciate ligament disease/rupture
- TPLO – Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy
- TTA – Tibial Tuberosity Advancement
- Fracture fixation (internal and external)
- Hip dysplasia/arthritis
- Juvenile pubic symphysiodesis
- Femoral head ostectomy
- Hip luxation (open/closed reduction)
- Patella (knee) luxation