At Anderson Vets, one of our main interests is Orthopaedic surgery. Below are examples of conditions we fix.
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Many dogs suffer from this common condition. Read about this condition in detail and how we fix it.
Post operative radiograph of the MMP –TTA technique
Patellar luxation is a common developmental abnormality in dogs, especially small and medium sized breeds, which can cause varying degrees of lameness and development of osteoarthritis and even degenerative joint disease over time. The solution is surgical realignment of the knee cap, and here at Anderson Vets we keep abreast of new developing techniques, which we apply.
Above: Patella Luxation repair
Total Hip Replacement
Some dogs suffer from “bad hips” or more precisely degenerative joint disease of one or both hip joints. This is most commonly a result of hip dysplasia, where the femoral head does not sit properly in the joint socket, sometimes causing discomfort, abnormal gait and degeneration of the joint over the years due to ongoing joint inflammation (arthritis). Consequently it is seen mostly in middle aged to older dogs, although it can severely clinically affect young dogs as well. This condition can cause marked pain and even severe disability, necessitating surgical intervention. Surgical intervention can be in the form of removing the femoral head and neck (femoral head and neck ostectomy) which resolves the joint pain but in larger and heavier dogs may still be problematic, or replacing the abnormal hip joint completely (THR – Total Hip Replacement) which is much more physiological. THR surgery is a major surgical procedure and therefore it is done only after conservative management of the condition (medication, joint supplements, weight reduction, possible physiotherapy) has failed to achieve a pain fee and good quality of life for the patient.
Here at the Anderson Veterinary Group at the Orpington surgery we now perform total hip replacement surgery, applying the novel Helica THR system. Surgery is done under strict surgical asepsis, as sterility is very important in preventing possible compications, and close patient monitoring. A full surgical team including the surgeon and two nurses make sure the whole operation goes smoothly and safely.
Recovery is usually swift, with the dog able to use the leg the following day with variable degrees of lameness obviously, which is expected to improve and resolve over the following few weeks, and normally can be allowed to resume normal activity 8 weeks after surgery. Sometimes some gait asymmetry main remain, however the aim of pain free use of the leg is achieved, which is the primary aim of this procedure.
Post operative care and follow up is taken very seriously, and is regarded as part and parcel of the surgical procedure. Follow ups by the surgeon are done several times according to a schedule, but the patient may be seen at any time in case a concern arises.
Tommy has a special interest in orthopedic surgery, and has been doing orthopedic surgery for the Anderson Group for many years, so total hip replacement surgery is a timely and natural addition to his skills, which he gained by attending a recognized course in the application of the Helica THR system.
We repair many types of fractures.
Angular Limb Deformities
Some dogs develop abnormally with legs that aren’t straight. We repair those too.