Orthopedic Services And Rehabilitation

What is Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery?

Veterinary orthopedic surgery is a distinct branch of veterinary medicine where practitioners employ surgical methods to identify and address injuries and ailments affecting the musculoskeletal system in animals. With an extensive array of treatments, ranging from mending torn ligaments to conducting hip replacements, this specialized area of veterinary care focuses on restoring animals to optimal health and well-being. 

The field of veterinary orthopedic surgery is an extraordinary aspect of veterinary medicine, delivering top-tier care for animals experiencing injuries or musculoskeletal conditions. Harnessing cutting-edge surgical approaches and innovative technology, this unique medical specialization maximizes the potential for rapid and complete recoveries in affected animals. 

Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery Services in Newnan, GA

Dogwood Veterinary Hospital offers state-of-the-art treatments and comprehensive care for pets in need of orthopedic surgeries. Our highly skilled veterinary surgeons (links to vets page) have extensive experience in a range of procedures, including Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) for the management of cranial cruciate ligament injuries, Extracapsular Lateral Suture Stabilization (ELSS) to stabilize the stifle joint, and Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) Surgery to alleviate pain associated with hip dysplasia.  

Additionally, the expert team at this HOSPITAL/CLINIC performs patellar luxation repair to correct kneecap dislocation, fracture repair for broken bones, and limb and digit amputations in cases where removal is necessary to preserve the animal’s quality of life. Pet owners can trust the dedicated professionals in Newnan, GA to provide their beloved companions with the highest standard of veterinary orthopedic care.

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

The TTA surgical procedure is an effective and safe way of repairing the cranial cruciate ligament in larger dogs (in humans referred to as an ACL). 

The TTA surgery allows large dogs to regain quality of life by changing the kinetic forces in the knee so that it is stabilized by the patellar ligament, just like in comparable procedures, such as the TPLO or CBLO. 

It is important to note that TTA surgery is recommended for larger dogs only, approximately 50 pounds or larger, as smaller dogs may not benefit from the increased stability that this procedure provides.

Extracapsular Lateral Suture Stabilization (ELSS)

Extracapsular Lateral Suture Stabilization, commonly known as ELSS, is a surgical technique utilized to address torn cranial cruciate ligaments, which are equivalent to human ACLs. 

This minimally invasive surgery involves placing a high tensile strength suture around the small bone behind the femur (flabella), passing it in a figure 8 pattern around the outside of the knee joint, and anchoring the suture through a small hole drilled in the front of the tibia to restore stability in the knee by functionally replacing the CCL. ELSS is widely considered a secure and efficient method for promoting joint healing, reducing inflammation, and minimizing the likelihood of subsequent injuries. Owing to its efficacy, this procedure is the top recommendation for small to medium-sized dogs weighing under 50 pounds. Unfortunately, in large breed dogs there is a high rate of failure with this procedure due to the amount of torque they place on their knees.  

Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) Surgery

FHO Surgery is an orthopedic procedure aimed at addressing hip dysplasia in animals. The operation involves the removal of the femoral head, which helps alleviate pain and minimize the chances of developing osteoarthritis in the future. The hind leg is stabilized by strengthening the supportive muscles of the hip.  

Diagnostic imaging techniques are utilized to devise a preoperative plan Following the surgery, it is crucial for the patient to participate in physical rehabilitation sessions, and take NSAIDs to reduce pain and swelling so that healing can be achieved. Appropriate post-operative care is vital for achieving successful outcomes, ultimately enhancing mobility and reducing the likelihood of further degenerative joint issues. 

Patellar Luxation Repair

Patellar Luxation Repair is an orthopedic corrective procedure designed to address the issue of luxating patella, which are kneecaps that shift out of their proper position. This condition can cause discomfort, pain, and limited mobility in affected animals, making it essential to seek appropriate treatment to improve their quality of life. 

Several techniques are available for Patellar Luxation Repair, and the most suitable method depends on the patient’s specific needs and the severity of the condition. These surgical approaches can include the deepening of the trochlear groove, realignment of the attachment of the patellar ligament, or tightening of the joint capsule and soft tissue structures around the joint. The primary goal of these techniques is to secure the patella in the correct anatomical position, thereby minimizing the risk of future dislocations and providing long-term stability. 

Fracture Repair

Our orthopedic fracture repair surgery (link to blog) is a specialized medical procedure designed to mend broken bones and reestablish their proper alignment, ultimately restoring the patient’s mobility and function. To achieve stability and effectiveness throughout the operation, our skilled surgeons utilize a combination of bone pins, plates, and wires, meticulously crafted to provide the necessary support for the fractured bone. 

Each surgical intervention is carefully tailored to address the specific needs of the individual patient, taking into account their unique medical history, lifestyle, and the complexity of the fracture in question. By considering these factors, we strive to ensure the optimal outcome for each person, focusing on a smooth recovery process and minimizing the risk of complications. 

Through our commitment to personalized care and our utilization of advanced surgical techniques, we aim to promote the healing of fractures and improve the overall quality of life for our patients, allowing them to return to their daily activities with confidence and ease. 

Limb Amputation

Limb amputation is a type of orthopedic surgery that involves the removal of a limb when it is deemed medically necessary. This procedure is often performed in cases of severe trauma where the affected limb has sustained damage beyond the point of repair, rendering it nonfunctional and potentially life-threatening. Additionally, limb amputation may become a necessary course of action in instances of aggressive or malignant cancer that has infiltrated a limb, compromising its integrity and posing a risk to the patient’s overall health. 

By surgically removing the affected portion of the body, our medical team can effectively eliminate the potential for further spread of cancerous cells or infection, subsequently improving the patient’s chances of recovery and survival. This decisive intervention not only helps to increase the patient’s quality of life but also extends their life expectancy, providing them with the opportunity to experience a more fulfilling and active lifestyle. 

It is important to note that while limb amputation may seem like a drastic measure, it is often performed as a last resort when all other treatment options have been exhausted or deemed unsuitable. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals works closely with each patient to develop a comprehensive and personalized care plan, carefully considering the most appropriate course of action for their unique situation. In cases where limb amputation is deemed necessary, our team provides extensive support, guidance, and resources to ensure the patient’s recovery, rehabilitation, and adaptation to their new circumstances, ultimately empowering them to live a fulfilling and active life. 

Digit Amputation

At our compassionate and dedicated facility, we provide specialized digit amputation surgeries for cats suffering from cancerous lesions on their toes or presenting with significant abnormalities. Our unwavering commitment to the well-being of our feline patients has earned us the prestigious Feline Friendly status. We take great pride in adhering to the highest standards of care as set forth by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). 

In line with our ethical and responsible approach to feline healthcare, we strictly refrain from performing elective de-claw surgeries, as these procedures can lead to unnecessary pain and potential complications for the animals. Instead, we focus on offering comprehensive and medically necessary treatments that promote the overall health and well-being of our beloved feline patients, ensuring they receive the best possible care in a supportive and nurturing environment. 

In instances where digit amputation is medically necessary in dogs and cats, we offer extensive pain management options as we do in all of our orthopedic surgeries. 

What our Veterinarians Do Differently

At our esteemed veterinary facility, we pride ourselves on offering and providing a comprehensive treatment plan that places a strong emphasis on various crucial aspects of pet healthcare, such as anesthetic safety, thorough surgical monitoring, effective pain management, and appropriate nutrition. Our commitment to these essential elements ensures a smooth and successful recovery process, promoting the healing and well-being of your beloved pet. 

Understanding that each animal is unique, we meticulously tailor our anesthetic plans to your pet’s current health status, taking into account their specific needs and medical history. By utilizing state-of-the-art surgical laser technology and advanced therapeutic laser capabilities, we are able to further minimize your pet’s discomfort during and after the surgical procedure. These cutting-edge tools not only reduce pain but also contribute to accelerated healing and a decreased risk of complications, resulting in an overall more comfortable and stress-free experience for your pet. 

Our team of dedicated veterinary professionals is committed to delivering the highest standard of care, ensuring that all aspects of your pet’s treatment are carefully managed and monitored throughout the entire process. From pre-operative assessments to post-operative follow-ups, we work diligently to provide a holistic approach to pet healthcare, ultimately fostering a nurturing environment that supports the well-being and happiness of your cherished companion. 

What to Expect with Orthopedic Surgery Treatment

We understand surgery and illness are stressful for both patient and the owner.  Members of our medical support team are Fear Free Certified and proudly offer many ways to reduce stress and anxiety for your pet. 

Pre-Orthopedic Surgery

Proper pain management startsbeforeany surgical procedure.  We tailor a pain management regimen for your pet based on current health status, the severity of illness or injury, and expected recovery time. Medication is also administered to help eliminate nausea and prevent vomiting.  As a result, many pets have a very healthy appetite after their surgery. 

Pain Management During Surgery

Pain management during the procedure includes CRI (constant rate infusion) where a continuous dose of medication is administered through intravenous fluids to manage pain.  We also administer a long-acting, slow-release local anesthetic that is injected at the surgical site providing pain relief of up to 3 days! 

Post Operative Pain Management

Post-operative pain management is equally important.  A therapeutic laser is an effective, non-invasive way to minimize pain and inflammation and help expedite the healing process. There are several different laser packages to choose from and will be discussed at time of surgery.  In addition, your pet will go home with oral pain medication to help minimize discomfort. 

Post Operative Physical Rehabilitation

Post-surgical physical rehabilitation will also be discussed at your pet’s follow-up visits.  Pet rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery is customized based on your pet’s surgery, healing progress, and comfort level.  It involves a combination of in-hospital and at-home movements that help strengthen muscles and improve the range of motion. 

What is Veterinary Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Veterinary Orthopedic Rehabilitation is a specialized branch of veterinary medicine focused on the assessment, treatment, and recovery of animals with musculoskeletal conditions or injuries. This field combines various therapeutic modalities, including physical rehabilitation, pain management, and assistive devices, to optimize the healing process, restore mobility, and enhance the overall quality of life for affected pets. Veterinary Orthopedic Rehabilitation practitioners work closely with pet owners and other veterinary professionals to develop customized treatment plans that address each animal’s unique needs and promote their long-term well-being. 

Our team of dedicated veterinary professionals is committed to delivering the highest standard of care, ensuring that all aspects of your pet’s treatment are carefully managed and monitored throughout the entire process. From pre-operative assessments to post-operative follow-ups, we work diligently to provide a holistic approach to pet healthcare, ultimately fostering a nurturing environment that supports the well-being and happiness of your cherished companion. 

Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Team Personal Statements

Dr. Rachel Horsley

“Here at Dogwood Veterinary Hospital, we have a passion for patient care and comfort. Each patient is screened for underlying health issues prior to surgery, including a through physical exam and diagnostics such as heart screening and lab work. This allows us to tailor their anesthesia to each pet’s specific needs. While under anesthesia, we carefully monitor all vitals, including body temperature, blood pressure, electrocardiogram, oxygenation status, and carbon dioxide output. Not only do we use the safest anesthetics available, but we also go above and beyond to minimize pain in our surgical patients. Based on the patient’s needs, we are able to offer long-acting numbing agents at the surgical site, constant rate intravenous pain drips, surgical CO2 laser to reduce trauma, post operative therapeutic laser to promote healing and reduce inflammation, and post operative pain medications to keep our patients comfortable once they get home. Additionally, we strongly believe in rehabilitation therapy to get our patients back to running and playing like they did before they were injured. At Dogwood, we strive to make each surgical journey the best it can possibly be.”

Dr. Rachel Horsley

Dr. Chris Thomas

“Dogwood Veterinary Hospital and Laser Center is one of 15% of veterinary hospitals in the United States that is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). Our AAHA accreditation means that we meet stringent standards in all aspects of veterinary medicine, including patient care, pain management, surgical quality, anesthesia monitoring, and team training. We are passionate for providing the best in patient care and we hold ourselves to the highest medical standards. Prior to your pet’s orthopedic surgery, we will perform a comprehensive physical exam and pre-anesthetic bloodwork on your pet to ensure the safest anesthetic and surgical experience possible. During surgery, your pet’s vitals are constantly monitored via an EKG, blood pressure monitor, SpO2 monitor, CO2 monitor, and thermometer. Your pet will receive IV fluids to prevent dehydration and reduce any anesthetic complications. Your pet will also receive multimodal pain management, including post-op laser therapy when indicated to minimize inflammation and promote healing. Your pet’s safety and comfort are very important to us. When the time is right for your pet to go home, we will thoroughly go over all of the at-home instructions to ensure a speedy recovery. Finally, we strongly believe that physical rehabilitation after an orthopedic surgery will ensure the quickest recovery to get your pet back on his or her feet in no time.”

Dr. Chris Thomas

Ashton (Surgical Technician)

“Our orthopedic department goes above and beyond to make sure each patient gets the best care and comfort possible. We provide not only close monitoring and a unique anesthetic protocol tailored to each patient, but also intravenous medications during and after their procedure to keep them very comfortable. This helps them during their recovery as well. We strive to help our patients the best way that we can and provide the best medicine possible.”

Ashton Bigler, Surgery Technician

FAQS about Orthopedic Surgery & Rehabilitation

What orthopedic services does Dogwood Veterinary provide?

View our complete list of orthopedic services we offer. 

Is surgery the only option for orthopedic conditions?

No, surgery is not the only option for orthopedic conditions. Depending on the type of condition, there are many nonsurgical treatment options such as physical rehabilitation, injections, and medications that can be used to effectively treat many orthopedic conditions. 

How much do orthopedic services cost?

Orthopedic service costs can vary widely depending on the specific needs of each case. Generally, these expenses range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Factors affecting the exact cost include insurance coverage, procedure complexity, and service fees, making each situation unique in terms of financial considerations. 

How long is the recovery period following an orthopedic procedure?

The recovery period following an orthopedic procedure depends on the specific procedure, but typically it can range from a few days to weeks or even months. It is important to follow the instructions of your veterinarian and physical rehabilitation practitioner during your recovery to ensure optimal return to function. 

Orthopedic Services & Rehabilitation

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