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Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery

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Better Pet Vets Andergrove
5 Central Drive
Andergrove
QLD 4740

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07 4955 6000

Better Pet Vets Northern Beaches
Coles Complex, Northern Beaches Shopping Centre
Rural View
QLD 4740

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1300 BETTER

Orthopaedic surgery is the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Lameness, stiffness, being slow to rise, or even behavioural problems (such as irritability or increased resting/sleeping behaviour) are a sign that there may be a problem within a joint or bone. We investigate this by watching your pet’s movement, and a careful complete physical examination of all the limbs and spine. Sometimes, further examination via manipulation under anaesthesia, x-rays and occasionally biopsies are then required to determine the cause of the problem and create a solution. Common orthopaedic problems we treat include:

 

  • Cruciate Ligament Rupture. Dogs have knees that are very similar to ours and can do the same damage to the cranial cruciate ligament and 'cartilages' (meniscii). A tear or complete rupture of these structures will lead to pronounced lameness and ongoing arthritis. Surgery to stabilize the joint is the best treatment for almost every dog injured in this way.
  • Hip and Elbow Dysplasia. This is a common problem in many large breed dogs. Early diagnosis (before 4-6 months) provides a window of opportunity to correct this condition before arthritis sets in. Surgery may not be the best option if arthritis already exists and the animal is comfortable through rest, gentle exercise, medication and physiotherapy. 
  • Fractures or Broken Bones are quite common, especially in young animals and after trauma such as motor vehicle accidents or a fall. Casting or Splinting is sometimes appropriate, but often more advanced procedures requiring pins, plates screws and external frames are required to ensure uneventful healing and a complete return to function.