Orthopaedic Surgery - Overview

Orthopaedic surgery in small animals has become very advanced in the last 10 years and now there are very few conditions that cannot be treated successfully. The options for fracture repair, spinal surgery and joint surgery are very comprehensive.

There are very few fractures that are classified as beyond treatment. Spinal surgery can provide more predictable results and hence prognosis indicators.

Total joint replacement has become common surgery and successful treatment for cruciate repair has become realised. We have been at the coalface of small animal orthopaedic surgery for 20 years through the experience of Dr W. McCartney.

Limb deformity is a complex problem and we regularly see these cases. Management of these deformities is usually treated by osteotomy and an external frame such as an IIlizarov or ring fixator which may require regular adjustment. The treatment time can be relatively long, but is successful in changing the shape of the limb to a more normal cosmetic and functional position. Such deformities are Carpal/tarsal valgus, carpal/tarsal varus, shortened limbs, torsion of front or hind feet, medial or lateral bowing of long bones, and spinal deformity.