Orthopedic Surgeries

orthopedic surgery

Dr. Horne will perform some orthopedic surgeries at German Village Veterinary Hospital for your dog or cat. She is not a board certified orthopedic surgeon, but the procedures we do are often a good alternative for our clients and patients as we understand cost can be a contributing factor. She will discuss with you various options and what may be best for both you and your pet.

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair (CCL repair): The cranial cruciate ligament is one of the most important stabilizing ligaments in the knee. Rupture of this ligament is one of the most common reasons for lameness and pain in the hind legs. Dogs can have either a partial or complete tear of the ligament. Many times surgical repair is warranted. We use the lateral suture procedure to stabilize the ligament. Our doctors will discuss if this procedure would be a viable option for your dog.
  • Medial Luxating patella Repair: A luxating patella (kneecap) is when the patella dislocates or moves in and out of its place. It is more common in smaller dogs. There are different degrees as to how severe the luxation is. More severe cases require surgery to repair it. If your dog has a luxating patella, you may notice him/her holding up the affected leg on occasion. This can lead to muscle loss and arthritis. Surgical repair will keep patella from slipping in and out of its place.
  • Femoral Head and Neck Osteotomy (FHO or FHNO): The hip is a ball (Femoral Head) and joint socket. This surgery is most commonly performed after fractures, luxation, and chronic arthritis happen to the hip. It consists of removing the head and neck of the femur to improve function of the joint.

Orthopedic surgeries typically stay at least one night with us. Recovery time will vary depending on the dog or cat and type of surgery. Many times you will be performing physical therapy exercises at home during the recovery process.