Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery for pets consists of surgical procedures that address the joints, skeletal system and their associated soft tissues, including muscles, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.

Orthopedic Surgery for Dogs & Cats

Orthopedic surgery for cats and dogs consists of invasive and non-invasive surgical procedures that address the skeleton and the skeletal system, the joints, and associated soft tissues, which includes muscles, joint muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage.

From the initial screening and diagnostic stage, to the surgery itself and post-operative care, our team is has the training and resources to help if your pet presents with an orthopedic injury. 

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Orthopedic Surgery for Dogs & Cats, Mooresville Vet

Common Orthopedic Conditions

There is a wide range of orthopedic conditions that affect cats and dogs, and the following are among the most common:

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia occurs when a hip socket doesn't fully cover the ball portion of the upper thighbone, allowing the hip joint to become partially or completely dislocated. Hip Dysplasia is most common in large breed dogs like German Shepherd Dogs and Golden Retrievers.

Total hip replacement is the usually most effective treatment for hip dysplasia. During this procedure, the surgeon replaces the natural joint with metal and plastic implants, restoring hip function to a normal range.

Cruciate Ligament Tears

Just like in humans, torn cruciate ligaments in dogs must be surgically repaired to prevent arthritis. There are many different kinds of surgical procedures that can repair this injury, depending on the size of the dog.

CCL surgery for dogs includes a variety of techniques that provide stability to the joint.

Luxating Patellas

The knee cap (patella) lies in a cartilaginous groove at the end of the femur at the stifle. A luxating patella is when the knee cap moves out of its natural position. Knee cap problems are common in many dog breeds, regardless of size.

We usually recommend surgery for animals that have significant lameness as a result of a luxating patella, with the goal of keeping the patella in its appropriate location at all times.

Disc Disease

Dogs can develop disc problems in their neck and backs just like humans can. Breeds that tend to suffer from neck disc problems include Poodles, Cocker Spaniels, 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.

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