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Orthopedics FAQs

If your pet needs orthopedic surgery, you may be worried about what to expect. Working with an experienced surgical vet from Atlas Animal Hospital & Emergency Vancouver can give you greater confidence that your pet will receive excellent care. The following orthopedics FAQs from your Vancouver vet will explain more about orthopedic pet surgery so you can make wise decisions concerning this treatment for your pet.

What Is Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic pet surgeries involve the repair of joints and bones. Your Vancouver vet may recommend your pet have orthopedic surgery to repair a fracture, restore joint function, or stabilize an injured knee joint. If your pet is experiencing pain due to problems with joints or bones, orthopedic pet surgery can help alleviate pain and restore mobility to improve your pet’s quality of life.

Are All Fractures Repaired Surgically?

Clean and simple fractures may only need a cast to heal. Fractures that involve splintered or dislocated bones, however, require surgery. We may need to use metal rods or screws to repair and hold bones or joints in place as they heal.

What Screening Is Done for Orthopedic Pet Surgery?

Before recommending surgery, your Vancouver vet may use ultrasound, radiology, or endoscopy testing to examine your pet’s musculoskeletal system and determine the condition of ligaments and joints. We may also take blood or urine samples to evaluate internal organs and check your pet’s heart and lungs to ensure he’s in good health before having surgery.

What Orthopedic Problems Can Be Helped with Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic pet surgery can help a number of orthopedic problems like broken bones, fractures, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, arthritis, torn ligaments, and more. Some of these problems may be caused by an injury while others may develop over time.

If your pet needs surgery, we’ll explain the procedure in advance so you’ll know what to expect. We’ll also provide detailed instructions and pain relief medications for his post-op home care.

See Your Vancouver Vet for Orthopedic Surgery

To learn more about orthopedic pet surgery and how it can benefit your pet, contact Atlas Animal Hospital & Emergency Vancouver at 604-301-0300 today.

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