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Orthopedic Surgery in Portland Available for Dogs and Cats

Orthopedic_Surgery.jpgHere at Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital, our Portland veterinarian sees many joint problems in dogs and cats, and not only as an aspect of pet senior care. Animals of all ages can be born with or develop problems in their knees, hips or other joints. Fortunately, pet orthopedic surgery can address many of these issues, relieving pain and restoring function.

One relatively common knee condition among dogs and cats is a rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament. This ligament inside the knee prevents a malfunction known as “drawer motion,” unnatural forward-backward action between the femur and the tibia. A rupture of the ligament leads to a forward sliding of the femur over the top of the tibia, or tibial plateau, and can also cause a torn meniscus within the joint. 

We can correct this problem with a form of orthopedic surgery called a tibial plateau leveling osteotomy, or TPLO. Our Portland veterinarian, Dr. Rick White, is a Slocum trained TPLO surgeon. A less invasive alternative to TPLO surgery is an Isometric Living Graft (ILG) surgery, a procedure patented by Dr. White himself. This procedure grafts living tissue at specific attachment points to stabilize a joint with a defective cranial cruciate ligament.

Pet Senior Care May Include Orthopedic Surgery Provided by Our Portland Veterinarian

pet orthopedic surgeonHip dysplasia is another orthopedic condition, especially in larger dogs or specific breeds with a known predisposition such as German Shepherds. This condition begins before birth as the head of the femoral joint fails to seat itself securely within the hip socket. This excessive freedom of motion within the joint eventually leads to bone spurs, cartilage deterioration, arthritis, and an overgrowth of bone that may cause the femoral head to completely displace itself. 

If the condition advances to a point calling for surgical intervention, we can refer a surgeon or neurologist for a hip replacement operation or pelvic osteotomy. Another option our hospital offers is femoral head ostectomy in which we remove the femoral head and allow scar tissue regrowth to serve as a “false joint.” While this condition usually becomes obvious in the context of pet senior care, early detection may allow us to perform a fusion procedure that greatly slows dysplasia development.

Other joints may also require surgery. Intervertebral disc disease can afflict the spines of both dogs and cats. Either an acute injury or chronic deterioration of bone and cartilage can cause the fragile fluid-filled discs between vertebrae to bulge or herniate; compressing the spinal cord and causing pain, muscle spasms and loss of function in the front or back legs. If anti-inflammatory medications or other therapies cannot properly treat the problem, we may suggest surgery to relieve the nerve pressure. Shoulder joints may require surgery if they develop osteochondritis dissecans (a detachment of cartilage from the joint) or a biceps tendon disorder. We will go over treatment options with you, and if spinal or shoulder surgery is the best decision, we will refer you to a surgeon.

For an evaluation of your pet’s condition and symptoms, schedule a consultation with our Portland veterinarian. When it comes to the health of your pet, we want to offer all possible solutions. When orthopedic surgery is the right choice, then we can be here before, during and after the procedure to provide your pet proper care.

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