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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

At Hales Corners Veterinary Clinic, we have an experienced veterinarian who can perform orthopedic surgeries such as:

  • Simple Fracture Repair
  • Luxating Patella Repair
  • Extracapsular (Lateral Suture) Cruciate Repair
  • Femoral Head Osteotomy

Our doctor has experience in all of these procedures, and they will consult with you about the best surgical options for your pet.


Simple Fracture Repair

There are many different types of fractures as well as different ways to repair them. Dr. Harper is skilled in pin placement as well as casting to repair various types of simple fractures.


Luxating Patella Repair

Luxating patella is a common genetic condition of smaller breed dogs where their knee caps can move out of place and cause discomfort. This problem can also be caused by trauma or injury in any size dog. If the injury is severe enough, surgical repair may be the best option for your pet. Dr. Harper can consult with you to discuss the most practical options for your pet’s individual situation.


Extracapsular (Lateral Suture) Repair

Extracapsular repair, also known as lateral suture repair is a procedure done to repair a tear of the cranial cruciate ligament. This type of injury is extremely common for dogs, and most require orthopedic surgery. The cranial cruciate ligament, or CCL, is found in the knee and its human equivalent is the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. When a dog tears this ligament completely, their knee joint becomes unstable and it can be extremely painful. Because CCL tears cause such significant mobility issues for pets, it’s important to get these injuries treated as quickly as possible. In this type of surgery, the ligament and any damaged cartilage are removed from the knee, and a strong suture is used to replace the cranial cruciate ligament. This method of CCL repair is not ideal for all dogs, your dog’s size and activity level may preclude them from having this type of surgery. However, if it is not a good fit for your pet, we can walk you through other options and help you make an informed decision.


Femoral Head Osteotomy

Femoral Head Osteotomy is most commonly performed on cats but is also occasionally done in dogs. Cats can have a genetic weakening of the neck of their femur bone eventually causing a fracture. Dogs with hip dysplasia can sometimes have complications that result in dislocation or displacement of the femoral head. In this procedure, we remove the head of the femur (the ball of the hip joint) and leave the remaining healthy part of the femur. After healing, it will create a “false joint” so your pet can function normally and without pain.

To schedule a consultation for orthopedic surgery, call us at 414-425-2339.