Orthopedic surgery vs Cast or Splint
Dogs and cats don’t make good candidates for casts and splints to repair fractures because they can’t keep the cast or splint dry and often chew it. Dr. Storimans has a special interest in orthopedic surgery and prefers using an internal fixation to repair fractures.
Orthopedic surgery involves the use of stainless steel or titanium pins, plates, wires and screws to repair broken bones. This is a superior method of repair for small animals, so they can’t damage or chew the implant.
At Elmvale Veterinary Hospital, we also have experience with other orthopaedic procedures such as cruciate ligament repair, patellar luxation surgery and femoral head excision.
One of the most common canine orthopedic disorders we treat is Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL – the stabilizer inside the knee joint; the middle joint in the back leg) Injury or Rupture.