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Orthopaedic Surgery

We perform many types of orthopaedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.

Leg fractures are a common orthopaedic problem, usually resulting from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention:

  • “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.

We also perform orthopaedic surgeries related to hip dysplasia, ligament tears (particularly in the knee), disc disease, and other issues. Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.