We perform many types of orthopaedic (bone) surgeries in our clinic. Because we want to ensure that our patients receive the best possible outcome, we occasionally refer them to board-certified orthopaedic surgeons to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.
Cruciate ligament damage is the most common orthopaedic problem presented at our clinic. A rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament creates instability in the knee which allows the bones to move in an abnormal fashion in relation to one another, causing damage to the joint cartilage. We correct the problem by performing an Extracapsular Repair. The surgeon removes the damaged ligament and inserts a replacement ligament to stabilize the joint so it functions normally or near normally. This synthetic ligament or suture is placed outside the joint capsule.
Leg fractures presented at our clinic can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture. We can apply a splint to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention:
- “Pinning” stabilizes the fracture by inserting a long stainless steel rod into the middle of the bone across the fractured area.
- “Plating” involves attaching a flat stainless steel plate to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.