Orthopedic surgery:

TPLO: Surgical stabilization of a cranial cruciate ligament tears is the most common orthopedic surgery performed at our hospital. After the physical exam, sedated radiographs, evaluation for joint instability, and consultation with the owner, surgery is scheduled. The first step after inducing general anesthesia is to evaluate the joint. At this point, the diagnosis is confirmed, the meniscus is evaluated and treated appropriately. The TPLO stabilization surgery is then performed.

Post-operatively and prior to radiographs, the joint is injected with platelet rich plasma. To see more about our regenerative medicine methods, please click here.

Post-op expectations

Most pets are ready to go home the day of surgery with specific post-op instructions. Dogs are ambulatory when discharged and are usually weight on the repaired limb by day 7. A recheck exam is performed at 3 weeks. We use multimodal pain management to help your pet regain progressive weight-bearing and ambulation. Radiographs are taken at 8-10 weeks to evaluate the healing process.

Other corrective orthopedic surgeries performed at our hospital include:

  • Patellar luxation correction

  • Elbow dysplasia

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Angular limb deformities

  • Fracture repair including bone plating

  • And others; please inquire

Minimally-Invasive surgery: These surgeries minimize the pain and wound healing caused by extensive skin incisions. The MIS and orthopedic surgeries are performed by Dr. Scott Gustafson, DACVS.

Laparoscopy: Evaluating the abdominal contents, mass removals, and spay procedures.

Thoracoscopy: Evaluate the chest cavity for masses and foreign bodies

Arthroscopy: Evaluate and treat joints for instability, meniscal damage, fractures, growth irregularities and bone and cartilage fragments.

Cystoscopy: Evaluate and treat the bladder for stones, and masses.