Orthopedic Surgery

We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome , we occasionally refer them to practices in Launceston or Hobart  where they  perform more complex surgeries.

Cruciate rupture and leg fractures are the most common orthopaedic problem presented at our clinic.  There are several different techniques used for cruciate repair depending on the size of your pet.

We can also treat certain fractures with surgical intervention including:

  • “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
  • “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
  • “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.