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Posted on 05-30-2017

Orthopedic Pet Surgery

When pets suffer injury or disease to their bones or joints that cannot be treated successfully with medications, orthopedic pet surgery may be recommended by your veterinarian in Fairfax Station. The most common reasons pets need orthopedic surgery include trauma, arthritis, breed-specific joint disorders and natural deterioration of joints. A knee disorder known as a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament also affects dogs and cats frequently due to the slant of the feline or canine knee joint. Just like the human knee, your pet's knee is subject to consistently strong forces that can initiate a breakdown of the joint's ligaments and bone.

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Types of Orthopedic Surgeries Your Fairfax Station Vet Performs

In addition to repairing ruptured cranial cruciate ligaments in dogs and cats, your veterinarian can also perform:

  • Hip and knee replacements
  • Arthroscopic joint surgery
  • Bone fracture surgery
  • Tendon/ligament reconstruction

To determine if your pet would benefit from orthopedic surgery, your veterinarian will order one or more diagnostic imaging tests, such as x-rays, MRIs or CT scans. All of these tests are safe, painless and highly accurate imaging analyses for providing detailed pictures of abnormal structures in your pet's body. Imaging evaluation also helps orthopedic pet surgeons guide optimal placement and utilization instruments used in treating your pet's joint or bone problems.

What to Expect from Your Pet After Orthopedic Surgery

Recovery time for dogs and cats following most orthopedic pet surgeries is about eight to 10 weeks, depending on your pet's age, prior health condition, and surgery complexity. During the first 48 hours, your pet will likely be sleepy due to the anesthesia. Pets should be provided with a quiet, comfortable place in which to rest, along with food and water. Since discomfort is highest just after surgery, make sure you give your pet their pain medication as prescribed by your veterinarian. Monitor the surgery site frequently for signs of swelling or infection. If you think your pet is not healing properly, call your vet to see if you need to have your pet examined for postoperative problems.

To learn more about orthopedic pet surgery, please call your Fairfax Station veterinarian, Crosspointe Animal Hospital at (703) 690-6600.

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