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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery can help pets who suffer from joint problems, torn ligaments, broken bones, and even help correct congenital problems.

Dog on examination table with pink cast on
Dog on examination table with pink cast on

Orthopedic Procedures at Central Oregon Animal Hospital

Orthopedic problems are sometimes a sad fact of life -- not only for humans, but also for their pets. Animals can suffer from issues such as ruptured knee ligaments and degenerative hip ailments, rendering them lame and causing unremitting discomfort. Here at Central Oregon Animal Hospital, your veterinarian in Bend OR can administer any of several state-of-the-art orthopedic procedures to help your pet feel better and regain function. These procedures include:

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)

A tibial tuberosity advancement is a type of orthopedic procedure that reconstructs a knee with a ruptured CCL (cranial cruciate ligament, the equivalent of the ACL in a human knee). By making a cut in the tibia to change its relationship to the patellar tendon, we can make the knee stable even without a functioning CCL.

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)

A tibial plateau leveling osteotomy is another dog knee surgery for the treatment of CCL ruptures. Like the TTA, the TLPO procedure also changes the relationship of the tibia to the patellar tendon so that the CCL is no longer necessary.

TightRope Procedure

The TightRope procedure actually replaces a torn CCL ligament with an artificial alternative. In this canine orthopedic surgery, a tough length of braided suture is threaded through pre-drilled bone tunnels and then anchored at those points.

Orthozip Procedure

An Orthozip procedure is similar in principal to the TightRope procedure. This dog knee surgery is frequently used in toy dog breeds using screw and anchors instead of bone tunnels.

Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)

A triple pelvic osteotomy is a procedure to alter the dynamics of the hip joint in dogs showing signs of hip dysplasia. The socket is rotated over the ball of the joint and stabilized with a bone plate so that it will heal into this new configuration permanently. TPOs are typically performed on juveniles rather than adult dogs.

Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO)

A femoral head osteotomy is designed to treat more advanced canine hip dysplasia. The ball of the joint is removed, with scar tissue taking its place to stabilize the joint.The scar tissue prevents bone to bone contact and resolves the pain.