Fracture Repairs

We are equipped to surgically repair various different types of bone fractures. The repair techniques we use involve internal  or external fixation techniques, The internal techniques makes use of either intra-medullary bone pins, cerclage wiring techniques, plate and screws or a combination of the above. The external techniques are used less often. Plaster of Paris or specialised RJ bandages are used to keep fracture limbs immobilised.


Torn Cruciate Ligament Repair

This is probably our most commonly performed orthopaedic surgery because it is a very common injury in dogs and often occurs due to turning on one of the hind legs while bearing weight on that leg (often while playing ball or jumping out of the car). The cruciate ligaments are found within the knee joint and play a very important role in stabilising the knee joint during weight bearing. When torn, the patients are very painful and for the first few days after injury can barely walk on the leg. Surgery is always the ideal treatment so as to stabilise the joint once more and prevent further pain. The technique we use is known as an intra-articular replacement technique because it involves harvesting a strip of connective tissue (Fascia lata) from outside the joint and threading it through the joint in the same position as the original cruciate ligament which has torn. This graft then takes over the function of the cruciate ligament and stabilises then joint. Obviously any graft, in any surgery, is never as good as the original which it is replacing but we have a very high success rate with this surgery and provided that the patients are properly rested and their movement is restricted for several weeks after surgery, they often make a full recovery and go back to using the leg as new.

Patella Luxation Repair

Patella luxation is a condition where a dog’s knee cap pops out of the little groove in the femur in which it is supposed to slide up and down when the dog flexes and extends their knee. There are various different grades of patella luxation such as grade 1 where the knee cap only pops out every now and then, but pops back in on its own, these animals are often fine and running around when suddenly they give a cry and all of a sudden they don’t want to put any weight on one of their back legs, then just as suddenly they give another cry and will continue running around like nothing is wrong. And grade 4 where the knee cap is permanently out of its normal position and the dog is in constant pain. The treatment of choice for this condition is surgery, which involves shortening the ligaments on the sides of the knee cap to hold it in place better and also deepening of the groove on the femur so that the knee cap can’t slip out again.


Femur Head Amputation

The femur head is the ball part of the ball-and-socket joint which forms the hip joint. Sometimes in older dogs with severe hip dysplasia, that are in constant pain due to severe arthritis in their hip joints and where hip replacement surgery is not an option due to financial constraints or old age, we could perform a femur head amputation. This involves permanently removing the femur head so that the femur and the pelvis no longer make contact when the dog walks, and thus the dog no longer feels any pain. Understand that this is not a repair of the hip joint, but is purely a pain relieving procedure. Even though it may sound extreme the animals often cope very well after the surgery, the muscles around the hip joint function to hold the hip together and form almost a false joint. The dog may recover fully and walk as normal or they may have a slightly abnormal gait for the rest of their life but at least they will be pain free, and that’s what is important


Since many people “price-shop” these procedures, we suggest you be sure all prices quoted elsewhere are “all inclusive,” and that you tour the facility before making your choice.

A note about fees: Please remember that procedures and tests carry a price tag. As valued client you will always be advised as to what the best diagnostic and therapeutic options are for your pet, but the final choice will lie with you as to what should be done. All hospitalized patients require a 60% deposit on admittion of the pet. Get more info on pet insurance HERE