Orthopaedic surgery in small animals has become very advanced, and it is possible to treat most conditions with success.
The options for fracture repair, spinal surgery and joint surgery are very comprehensive.
Dr Billy McCartney of NOAH (North Dublin Orthopaedic Animal Hospital) is an independent veterinary surgeon who is widely regarded as one of the pioneers in small animal orthopaedic surgery since 1996.
“There are very few fractures that cannot be treated.”
- Spinal surgery which can provide predictable results and hence prognosis indicators.
- Joint replacement with successful cruciate repair.
- Limb deformity
Limb deformity is usually treated by osteotomy and an external frame such as an IIlizarov or ring fixator, which may need regular adjustment. The treatment time can be quite long, but it is possible to change the shape of a 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.