Dr. Kaufman performs many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our facility. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally bring in surgeons for more complicated procedures requiring specialized equipment or training. For surgeries necessitating even more advanced care, we maintain close working relationships with several orthopedic/neurologic specialty hospitals for when referral is necessary.
Leg fractures are a common orthopedic problem presented at our hospital. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a cast to treat certain fractures; however, most fractures will require surgical intervention:
- “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
- “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.
- “External fixation” stabilizes fractures using a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.
Another very common orthopedic problem we encounter is rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (a ligament in the knee or ‘stifle’). There are a variety of techniques used to correct this condition. Our veterinarians will go over which option is best for your pet. We often have a specialist come to the clinic to perform a procedure called a TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) to correct this problem.