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Orthopedic Surgery

If your pet has been struggling with new or chronic pain, it could be due to orthopedic problems in their joints. Whether due to age, breed or injury, these issues can impact your dog or cat’s quality of life.

Orthopedic surgery can be an effective procedure to minimize their pain and restore mobility. Depending on your pet’s condition, our veterinary orthopedic surgeon here at Foothills Pet Healthcare Clinic can help you determine which one of our surgeries would be best for your pet.

Available Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery Services in Mount Airy

Here at Foothills Pet Healthcare Clinic, we understand every patient — and their healthcare needs — is unique. This concept is why our team of veterinarians and orthopedic surgeons will work closely with you to fully understand your pet’s orthopedic situation and your concerns.

At our clinic, we offer the following orthopedic procedures.

Cruciate Repair

One of the most common injuries dogs can suffer from is a torn cranial cruciate ligament. If this ligament is torn, the shin bone will slide forward to the thigh bone. When this happens, the cartilage can become very unstable and progress to osteoarthritis.

Some common signs of a torn cranial cruciate ligament include:

  • Lameness, especially after activity
  • Stiffness in the hind legs
  • Clicking sounds
  • Increased attention to that area, such as licking or biting the knee
  • Swelling of the knee joint
  • Obvious pain

Because this type of injury can’t be healed with medication or rest, cruciate repair surgery is needed to treat the ligament.

Fracture Repair

As a result of trauma, a fall or even a fight, dogs and cats can suffer from bone fractures. Signs of a fracture include:

  • Swelling or pain at the site
  • Abnormal movement
  • Holding up the injured limb
  • Difficulty or unwillingness to get up or walk

Fracture repair surgery can repair the fractured bone and restore pain-free mobility to the affected area.

Involved Fracture Repair

For more involved fractures, sometimes the only solution is to amputate the limb. If your dog or cat has a non-treatable fracture, receiving a limb amputation can help ensure successful treatment. Even though your pet will need a bit of time to adjust, this surgical treatment can allow them to continue living a happy, healthy and active life.

Patella Repair

Patella issues are common in toy and miniature breeds. Occasionally, you may find that your dog’s patella or kneecap slips out of the groove because the groove is too shallow. When this dislocation happens, you may notice signs such as:

  • Increased attention to that area, such as licking or biting the knee
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected leg
  • Inability to walk
  • Obvious pain

This common condition can be fixed through patella luxation repair surgery.

Dr. Adcock, Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery

Jonathan Adcock, our animal orthopedic surgeon, discovered his interest and passion for veterinary medicine at a young age. After volunteering at his local veterinary clinic, he went on to earn his DVM from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

A few years after his graduation, he joined the team here at Foothills Pet Healthcare Clinic, where he now handles orthopedic surgeries for both cats and dogs. He is a member of AASRP, AVMA, NCVMA and VVMA and always strives to do what’s best for each client and their pet.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More About Our Orthopedic Surgery Services

Our compassionate team of veterinary surgeons is proud to serve clients within a 60-mile radius of our clinic, which is located in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Whatever your pet’s needs are, you can count on our team at Foothills Pet Healthcare Clinic to find answers to their orthopedic problems — ones that stay within your comfort zone and budget.

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help, be sure to call us at 336-789-0009 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation for orthopedic surgery.