Orthopedic Problems and Pet Surgery
If your pet is limping lately, takes longer to stand, sit, or climb stairs, or appears to be experiencing chronic joint pain, then time to take your animal to the vet for an orthopedic exam and treatment. Here at Pet Medical Center of Westerville, we can screen for a variety of common orthopedic issues and perform orthopedic surgery, if necessary, to restore comfort, function, and quality of life to your furry friend.
Common Orthopedic Problems in Pets
Orthopedics is the field of medicine that deals with musculoskeletal conditions and injuries. An animal's musculoskeletal system is a complex arrangement of bones, muscles, connective tissues, and joints. Any kind of damage or disease in these components can cause serious problems such as pain, stiffness, and lameness. Common examples of orthopedic problems in pets include:
- Ruptured Knee Ligament: A ruptured CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) that renders your pet lame
- Osteoarthritis: A degeneration of the joint cartilage that can occur in practically any joint
- Hip Dysplasia: An inherited condition in which a deformed hip joint becomes increasingly unstable and painful
- Fractures: A broken leg or similar fracture can make any use of a limb impossible
- Luxating Patella: A misalignment among the structures of the kneecap that causes pain and instability
What Is an Orthopedic Surgery?
Orthopedic surgery includes several surgical procedures that aim to correct joint instabilities, fix severe damage, improve joint motion, and relieve chronic pain. Some surgeries are as straightforward as the use of screws and pins to repair a fractured bone or fuse painful joints. Other kinds of orthopedic surgery change the way a joint operates. For instance, our veterinarian may replace a ruptured CCL in a small pet with a suture-based artificial ligament. Larger, heavier pets may need a surgery that alters the knee joint components so that they no longer need a functioning CCL at all. Hip dysplasia may be treated by inserting an artificial hip or simply by removing the head of the abnormal femur and allowing scar tissue to grow in its place.
Diagnostic Screenings and Pet Surgery from Our Westerville Veterinarian
Our Westerville veterinarian, Dr. Nowery, can perform a detailed orthopedic exam to discover the cause of your pet's suffering. X-rays and other diagnostic techniques let us pinpoint the exact nature and severity of the problem. We can then recommend the right type of orthopedic pet surgery.
Schedule an Orthopedic Exam at Our Westerville Animal Clinic
Our veterinarian and his staff at Pet Medical Center of Westerville are standing by to help your pet move and feel better. Call 614-882-7700 to schedule an orthopedic exam.