Orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic surgery is the surgical correction of any form of bone defect.  Most orthopaedic surgery involves some amount of soft tissue surgery as most bones are covered by degrees of soft tissue such as muscles, tendons, skin or ligaments. Most orthopaedic surgery is either the repair of a fracture, usually associated with a traumatic incident, or the surgical correction of a joint problem such as a dislocating (luxating) patella or ruptured cruciate ligament. Some procedures can be done at Bakers Hill Veterinary Hospital, but for some of the more complicated or specialised procedures, we will recommend a specialist surgeon at one of the referral centres in Perth. Generally after orthopaedic operations, pets can go home once they are up, walking & their pain is under control.  If we have any concerns about the recovery of your pet, we may advise further hospitalisation to monitor your pet closely. With orthopaedic surgeries (as it is with all surgeries) it is important to follow the discharge instructions given.  Most pets need to be kept on a restricted exercise regime for a period of time, generally up to 6 weeks, depending on what surgery they have undergone.  It is important to monitor the wound & contact us if you are at all worried.  All medication (including pain relief) must be given to the end of its course & all recommended post-surgical checks must be followed.  If your pet has a bandage, follow up checks will be required & the bandage may need to be replaced on a regular basis. Post-operative X-rays generally will be required 6-8 weeks after the surgery to check on the progress of the bone healing.  It must be remembered that bone healing is a natural process and as such there is normal variation with the speed of healing between animals.  If you have any concerns don't hesitate to contact us.