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Orthopedic Surgery

Fracture Repair can include something as minute as a toe in a cat to repairing multiple fractures for an animal that was hit by a vehicle. Some injuries can simply occur during regular day to day activities. For example: a small dog may break bones from jumping or falling only a couple feet.

Dog on examination table with pink cast on
Dog on examination table with pink cast on

Some repairs may only take 30 minutes, while others may take a few hours; a patient with multiple fractures may require performing surgeries on different days to avoid excessive anesthesia time.

Fracture locations include:

  • Radius/ulna (forearm)

  • Humerus (upper forelimb)

  • Tibia (shin)

  • Femur (thighbone)

  • Pelvis

  • Spine (back or neck)

  • Joints

  • Feet (Metacarpals, metatarsals, and digits)

Fracture repair techniques to get your pet up and around again include:

  • Plates

  • Screws

  • Pins

  • Wires

  • External skeletal fixators

  • Bone cement (Polymethylmethacrylate)

  • Splint application

  • Any combination of the above