Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic surgery is the name given to procedures involving bones.

A wide range of orthopaedic procedures are available at Stabler & Howlett.

These range from injury repairs (such as broken legs caused by accidents) to reconstructive procedures (for developmental problems or degenerative conditions such as cruciate ligament disease).

Cruciate ligament disease is an extremely common disorder in dogs and is best treated with surgery.

Stabler & Howlett offer several different procedures which are tailored to the patient:

  • Tibial plateau levelling osteotomy (TPLO) is a reconstructive technique widely considered by surgeons to give patients the best long-term outcome. In this procedure, a cut is made in the tibia (shin bone) and the bone rotated and then secured with a bone plate and screws.
  • Triple tibial osteotomy (TTO) is similar to the TPLO but also allows realignment of the bones if there are any alignment issues with the patella (kneecap).
  • Extracapsular stabilisation (commonly called the 'De Angelis technique) is often used for smaller patients.

Broken bones require careful consideration and planning prior to surgery; there are many different repair methods.

Stabler & Howlett has state-of-the-art equipment which allows for different methods to be used, as required.

Dr Al Grant has advanced qualifications in small animal surgery (MANZCVS) and imaging (both radiology and ultrasonography, MANZCVS & University of Melbourne) which ensures a high standard of surgery, image acquisition and interpretation for our entire veterinary team.

To book your pet in for a lameness or orthopaedic assessment, please contact your nearest Stabler & Howlett Veterinary Surgeons clinic today.