At our Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic in Johnson City, TN we know how much people love their pets. Any time a pet has a health condition or injury, it can be devastating. One option for some of these pets is to have orthopedic surgery.

What is Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic surgery is a term that refers to the surgical repair of joints or bones. For example, if your dog breaks a leg because of being hit by a car, an orthopedic surgery might be required to realign and treat the injury. These surgeries are also used for pets suffering from congenital conditions affecting the joints.

What Conditions Can Veterinarians Screen For Before Pet Surgery?

A few different injuries or conditions that a veterinarian will look for before an orthopedic surgery include:

  • Cruciate ligament injuries
  • Joint weakness
  • Hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Ligament or tendon tears
  • Fractures
  • Knee issues requiring replacement
  • Hip issues requiring replacement
  • Elbow problems requiring replacement
  • Arthroscopic joint issues

What Conditions Should Be Examined By a Veterinarian?

Signs of any of the above conditions should be examined. If your pet is limping, hit by a vehicle or otherwise developing signs of instability when walking, sitting or playing, it’s time for a visit to the vet.

Possible Complications of Going Without Surgery

Pets that do not receive surgery from worsening joint or bone issues may suffer from joint dysfunction and pain. Some may be unable to walk or place pressure on the damaged joints or bones.

How Can a Veterinarian Help Post Surgery?

The recovery period following an orthopedic surgery is long, as you might expect. Your pet will need at least two weeks of exercise restriction and then limited activity for up to four months. Additionally, your pet may require physical therapy after this time. Your veterinarian can help during recovery by providing you with pain treatments for your pet, exercises you can perform at home as your pet recovers and tips on how to keep your pet immobilized during the crucial 2-week period following surgery.

Contact Pinecrest Veterinary Clinic in Johnson City, TN Today!

Contact our office today to set up an exam for your pet. An orthopedic surgery could be the answer to your pet’s injury and pain. Visit us online or call us at (423) 926-6091.