Orthopedic Surgery

With a board-certified surgeon.

Orthopedic Surgery

With a board-certified surgeon.

Orthopedic surgery includes any procedure performed on the bones or joints. Veterinarians who perform orthopedic surgery must have strong surgical skills, and a vast understanding of biomechanical forces and how muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and bones interact to create body motion, absorb shock, and disperse energy.

Orthopedic conditions that benefit from surgery

Pets suffer from a wide range of orthopedic-related injuries that can be congenital, environmental, or traumatic. Most conditions can be corrected with surgery to improve the pet’s mobility, reduce pain, and improve quality of life. These include:

  • Luxating patella
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Cranial cruciate ligament rupture
  • Bone fracture
  • Limb amputation

Orthopedic surgeries often involve altering joint mechanics by reshaping bone or implanting sterile hardware, including pins, plates, screws, bands, and wire, that creates stability without impairing motion.

Our orthopedic approach

Successful orthopedic surgeries result in proper tissue healing, and the pet’s return to pain-free functional movement. To ensure this outcome, Neighborhood Veterinary Centers have considered every detail of your pet’s bone or joint surgery long before they reach the operating table. Some of these details include:

Skilled orthopedic exam

Our veterinarians have honed their palpation and assessment techniques to accurately identify pain, weakness, and joint abnormality.

Advanced imaging and planning

Most procedures involve pre-surgical imaging to evaluate and measure the joint and to pre-plan the surgical approach and each cut.

State-of-the-art surgical suite and instrumentation

Our dedicated surgery suite ensures a sterile space for your pet’s surgery and minimizes post-operative infection risks. Our top-of-the-line instruments and hardware reduce unnecessary tissue trauma and ensure a stable repair.

Pain management

Pain can prolong surgery times, delay healing, and contribute to post-surgical depression and immune system deficiency. We aggressively treat pain before, during, and after surgery with constant rate infusions, intravenous analgesia, nerve blocks, and epidurals.

Post-operative care and rehabilitation

After we place the last suture, your pet’s recovery begins. We use numerous rehabilitation modalities during the immediate post-operative period, including ice to reduce swelling and inflammation, laser therapy, and passive range of motion.

Physical rehabilitation

Veterinary rehabilitation can reduce pain, prevent post-operative muscle loss, and accelerate a pet’s return to function. We provide safe exercise recommendations for each recovery stage, and often recommend our in-house laser and water treadmill therapy.

Does your pet need help getting back on their feet? Contact Neighborhood Veterinary Centers for an orthopedic consultation.

A better, happier life starts now!

Call us today at Neighborhood Veterinary Centers to request an appointment and get started.