Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Ian Stone is specially trained in the Tibial-Plateu-Leveling-Osteotomy (TPLO), Lateral Suture Cruciate Repair (ELSS), Patella Luxation Surgery (MPL), and Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO). Canyon Creek offers these services at a low cost compared to many hospitals in the area. If you are interested in a consultation with Dr. Ian Stone to discuss if your pet is a good candidate for one of these surgeries, please contact us today.

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Benefits of Orthopedic Surgery in Dogs

  • Quicker recovery time
  • Higher success rate than less technical procedures
  • Less pain
  • Recommended for medium to large dog breeds
  • Ideal for athletic dogs

Tibial-Plateu-Leveling-Osteotomy (TPLO Surgery)

The cranial cruciate ligament connects the femur to the tibia. Abnormal degeneration of the cruciate ligament can cause laxity of the knee joint. In people, this disease is known as an ACL tear. In dogs and cats the most common cause for CCL tear is degeneration and arthritis of the ligament.

TPLO surgery is one of the most common surgeries done in our patients with CCL injury. It involves removing the excessive slope on the tibia to reduce the “free slide” of the femur and hence stabilizing the joint.

Lateral Suture Cruciate Repair

Extracapsular Lateral Suture Stabilization (ELSS) is a surgical procedure which stabilizes an unstable canine knee. Instability of the knee can be causes by a tear in the cranial cruciate ligament. This surgery is often done by stabilizing the knee on the outside of the canine’s joint by placing a fiber plastic line called a mono-filament.

Patella Luxation Surgery (MPL Surgery)

The patella (kneecap) is a small bone in the knee joint that can dislocate itself in dogs and cats.  Due to several causes such as a shallow femoral groove, loose ligaments, and/or a femoral bone twist, the patella may be dislocated out of the groove and cause lameness, pain and arthritis. Although this is a disease typically of small breed dogs, large breed dogs can also be affected.

The reshaping of the bone and aligning the quadriceps muscle to patellar tendon is the main principle we follow to bring a dislocated patella back in the femoral groove.

Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)

This surgical procedure aimed to relieve the pain associated with hip dysplasia or osteoarthritis involves removing the head and neck of the femur. What this entails is the removal of the “ball” in the ball-and-socket joint which eases pain by eliminating the contact between the bones of the joint.