Orthopedic Surgery

We perform many types of orthopedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.

Leg fractures are some of the common orthopedic problems presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. 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, many 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.

Canine Cruciate Repair

Canine cruciate ligament (the ACL in humans) is one of the most common orthopedic problems in the dog.  Over the years, repair choices and methods have advanced to the point that near normal function can return even in the most athletic patients.

Here at Yukon Hills Animal Hospital we are now offering the latest techniques.  We are performing the tibial tuberosity advancement (TTA).  In addition, we are using the MMP wedge method which utilizes a titanium Orthofoam wedge.  The porous titanium Orthofoam promotes remarkably rapid bone growth and healing.  This has lead to reduced convalescence and quicker return to normal activities.

Please contact us if you have any questions about these procedures or if you think your pet might benefit from them.