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136 Salmon Brook St, Granby CT 06035

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Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital in Granby CT
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Orthopedic Surgery

Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital

The trained surgeons at Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital are able to perform orthopedic surgery on your pet. Orthopedic surgery is a type of surgery that fixes musculoskeletal conditions within in your pet's bones and joints. Orthopedic conditions that may require surgery include:

  • Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury or Rupture (CCL)
  • Luxating patella repair
  • Degenerative joint diseases such as hip dysplasia and various forms of arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries such as broken bones

Signs of a Cruciate Injury:

  • Some degree of lameness (can be different levels of lameness)
  • Avoiding putting weight on the rear leg
  • Stiffness in the rear leg after resting or lying down
  • An apparent clicking noise when your pet puts weight on the rear leg or when leg is flexed

If you have any concerns or notice signs of pain or discomfort in your pet, please call us to schedule an appointment. Injuries will only get worse if left untreated.

Pre-Surgical Care

Before surgery, your pet will be screened, and anesthetics will be selected depending on your animal’s breed, age, health, and other factors. Blood tests will also be done before any anesthesia is determined to confirm that your pet’s liver, heart, and kidneys are functioning properly and that your pet is a good candidate for anesthesia.

During Surgery

During surgery, we have a medically trained staff member to keep a close watch on your pet's vitals. His or her main priority is to monitor your pet's blood pressure, heart activity (including heart rate and rhythm), respiratory functions, body temperature, and making sure your pet maintins proper oxygen levels.

Post-Surgical Care

Your pet will be steadily monitored by a trained nurse and will be comforted upon waking from surgery. Warm blankets will keep your pet comfortable, and we will provide kindness and tenderness to your pet as they become fully awake and aware of their surroundings. Our main goal is to make sure your pet is safe, healthy, and experiences as little pain as possible.

When you arrive to pick up your pet, one of our staff members will sit down with you and explain everything you need to know, including providing you with information on how to care for your pet at home. Within a few days, we will call to see how your pet is recovering, but please do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

Pain Management

Your pet's pain relief is important to us. We develop a comprehensive pain management for every patient to keep them as comfortable and pain-free as possible before, during, and after surgery.

Post Orthopedic Surgical Care - At Home Instructions and Rehabilitation

When you pick up your pet after orthopedic surgery, our technician will carefully explain the at home post-orthopedic care instructions for your pet during his recovery. You will bring your pet back to us at certain intervals during the recovery process for digital x-rays so we may monitor the healing process.

Additionally, we offer rehabilitation exercises to help your pet fully recover after orthopedic surgery.

Physical Therapy Improves Surgical Outcomes

Physical therapy is an important part of the success of orthopedic surgeries in people as well as our pets. The surgical repair of the anterior cruciate ligament in the knee of the dog is the most common orthopedic surgical procedure we perform at Salmon Brook Veterinary Hospital. Dogs tear this ligament during high impact play or after years of weakening of the ligament resulting in pain so intense that the dog will not bear weight on the limb. Postoperative lameness used to last for many months, but with the institution of a graduated physical therapy regimen, dogs will be using their limb in one to two months. Physical rehabilitation is directed by the veterinary surgeon and physical therapist. Simple exercises are given to owners to perform at home with weekly visits to the our physical therapist to monitor progress. Laser and massage therapy are helpful in minimizing post surgical discomfort and may be used in conjunction with physical therapy. It’s very rewarding to watch your dog’s athletic ability and comfort return so quickly.

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