Orthopaedic surgery

Orthopaedic surgery involves operating on bones, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments.

This is largely structural work, so often needs some heavy duty tools such as drills and saws. We have invested very heavily in this area of the practice, ensuring we have the best tools available for the job at hand.

We now have one of the best orthopaedic surgery set ups available.
  • Synthes Collibri II battery powered orthopaedic drill and saw. This combines a surgical drill, a pin-driver, and an orthopaedic saw all in one handpiece.
  • Electrocautery
  • Surgical suction
  • Dedicated sterile operating theatre
  • Magnifying headlight
Other tools to help us perform orthopaedic surgery include:
  • Digital xray capability
  • 2.0, 2.4, 2.7, 3.5mm surgical implant sets
  • External skeletal fixators
  • Bone plating
  • Pinning and wiring
  • Lag screw fixation
Orthopaedic surgery is a relatively high-risk area of work, when compared to the more frequently known routine surgery such as desexing. There are risks of failure of fractures to heal, development of infection, or loosening of implants. It is necessary to discuss these risks with the team prior to surgery to ensure you fully understand what is proposed for your injured pet.

Pain control is essential after orthopaedic surgery. Most of our patients are kept on infusions of painkillers while in the clinic, using combinations of drugs to keep them comfortable at all times. Feel free to discuss painkilling options with our staff.