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Orthopedic Surgery

Riverview Animal Hospital provides a wide range of services for bones injuries. Should your pet have an orthopedic condition, Dr. Francis Arsenault is available to ensure your pets orthopedic needs are taken care of. Dr. Arsenault has been committed to Riverview Animal Hospital for over 40 years. The majority of his operating room time is dedicated to orthopedic surgeries on our patients, as well as on referrals from all corners of Atlantic Canada. With numerous orthopedic courses, training from Dr. Caroline Runyon and over 40 years’ experience, his knowledge of orthopedic conditions is extensive. If your pet has an orthopedic concern, you can rest assured that your pet is in good hands. Call us anytime day or night for more information.

Dr. Caroline Runyon is an extensively trained orthopedic surgeon that has been working closely with Riverview Animal hospital since 2012. Each month, Dr. Runyon offers her orthopedic expertise to her clients from across Atlantic Canada. Her vast knowledge in all areas of orthopedic surgery, including complicated spinal surgery is a huge asset to the pets of Atlantic Canada. As Chief of Small Animal Surgery for many years at the UPEI Atlantic Veterinary College she is an excellent teacher to our veterinarians and we are grateful to have her as part of our team. http://www.drcrunyon.com/

From screening, diagnosing, repairing and post-operative care of your pet, our team is trained and ready to help if your pet presents with an orthopedic injury. Our services include advanced surgical techniques for cruciate ruptures, Limb deformation corrections, fracture repairs, Luxating Patella surgery, Hip and Elbow evaluations through OFA, Elbow and Shoulder surgery, back surgery including Myelograms, and Extracapsular Cruciate repair.

What is a TPLO?

Tibial Plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) TPLO surgery is performed in dogs that have torn their ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). Although this can occur with any breed, ACL tears are most common in young, athletic, large breed dogs, and older overweight large breed dogs. Dogs can have an acute tear which usually occurs while running or roughhousing which causes sudden lameness. Older, usually overweight, dogs can have ligaments that stretch that then tear partially or fully tear after as little as a small jump.

How is an ACL rupture diagnosed?

Dogs most commonly present to the clinic with non-weight bearing lameness of the affected hind leg. Your veterinarian will examine the leg and can diagnose a torn ACL by feeling the leg and performing 2 separate tests. Tibial drawer – where the doctor will stabilize the femur (top bone in leg) with one hand and moves the tibia (lower bone). If the ligament is ruptured the bones will move like a drawer. The doctor will also do a tibial compression which includes stabilizing the femur and flexing the hock. The tibia will move abnormally if the ligament is ruptured.

What is involved in the surgery?

Your dog’s usual stay at our hospital for this surgery will be 2 days. This way we can closely monitor and provide pain medications every 4 hours as your dog needs it. We have trained Registered Veterinary Technicians that monitor your pet closely. The surgery consists of making a cut in the tibia bone of your dogs lower leg, a plate and screws are placed to adjust the angle of the knee, so that the ruptured ligament is no longer needed.

What is Patella Luxation Surgery (Unilateral and Bilateral)

Patella luxation is when your pets kneecap moves out of the grove it usually sits in. and can cause a lot of discomfort to your pet. Patella Luxation is graded on a scale from 1 to 5. If your pets condition is considered 2 or higher, surgery is needed to correct the condition, before the condition can cause more injury to the leg, such as cruciate ligament injuries. Patella luxation is one of the most common orthopedic conditions in dogs, where small breeds such as Yorkie’s are most commonly affected, although we are starting to see a higher number of large breed dogs like labs with this this condition.

What are the symptoms?

Often times owners come to our Doctors noting intermittent lameness. Occasionally they will note that their dog stops and yelps in discomfort for no reason. Some dogs won’t jump, they will not go on beds or couches, and they will not climb stairs. These can all be signs of Patella luxation.

List of Orthopedic surgeries we perform

  • Extracapsular CCL Repair
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans-OCD
  • Ulnar Ostectomy (unilateral and Bilateral)
  • Femoral Head Ostectomy (canine and Feline)
  • Fracture repairs-Simple and Complicated with hardware
  • Madiular fractures
  • Fracture Coronoid Process-FCP
  • Meninsectomy
  • Spinal Surgery
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