Orthopedic surgery is the repair of traumatic or congenital defects in the skeletal system, including bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and menisci.
The canine stifle (knee) is subject to excessive trauma due to the high degree of mobility and because of the massive muscle groups, and therefore forces applied to it.
The most common orthopedic procedure performed at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic is repair of the canine stifle due to rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament, meniscus damage, or patellar luxation. These are specialized procedures where the joint is fully evaluated through a joint incision and appropriate repair instituted.
For cranial cruciate ruptures, the patented Tight Rope procedure is applied in which specialized braided bands are fixed from the caudal lateral femoral epicondyl to the proximal cranial tibia to provide a balanced isometric knee support throughout the entire range of motion. This is an extremely strong and comfortable repair for our canine athletes.
Bone fractures and joint dislocations can unfortunately be a part of an active dog and cat’s life. The veterinarians and technicians at CVVC have pursued continuing education in the professional repair, pain management, and post operative rehabilitation of these traumatic events so that our loved ones can return to normal function as soon as possible.
Our surgical repairs for bone fractures include bone plating, lag screw fixation, external skeletal fixator, intramedullary pinning, cerclage wire and casting/splinting.