Our Orthopedic Procedures
Common orthopedic procedures Dr. Gatlin performs include:
- Internal fixations such as pinning and plates for fracture repair
- CCL repairs
- Patella luxation repair
- Femoral osteotomy for hip dysplasia repair
Safety in Every Procedure
Just as with any procedure, the safety and comfort of your pet are our primary concerns. We administer pain medications before and after surgery to diminish their discomfort and make the recovery process smoother. For orthopedic surgeries, you’ll also need to bring your pet in for follow-up appointments to make sure everything is healing properly. Their activity at home will also have to be closely monitored. For example, while casts for fracture repairs help keep the joint immobile, it’s important that your pet doesn't put any unnecessary weight on it!
When Your Pet May Need Orthopedic Surgery
Your pet may require orthopedic surgery from either an injury or from a slowly developing condition like hip dysplasia. Any severe trauma injury, such as being hit by a car or falling from a great height, warrants a veterinary visit as soon as possible. We’ll assess for any fractures or damage to ligaments so we can treat your pet right away. Other conditions, such as patella luxation or hip dysplasia, develop more slowly, and often more subtly. If you notice any strange walking patterns in your pet, schedule an appointment. We’ll perform X-rays to determine whether your pet has either condition and is eligible for surgery.