Specialized Surgical Procedures
Winter Harbor Veterinary Hospital also offers specialized surgical procedures performed by a board certified veterinarian surgeon. These procedures are more involved and require the expertise and knowledge of a surgical specialist. For more information, you may read about the specialized surgical services we provide below. If you have any questions about any of these procedures, please contact us directly. We are happy to discuss any of these procedures with you.
Some of the more advanced surgeries we perform:
- Cruciate Repairs
- Fracture Repairs
- Hip Surgery
- Reconstructive Surgery
One of the most common orthopedic injuries that we see is a torn cruciate ligament of the knee. This happens most often in dogs and usually presents with the dog holding up one of its rear legs. Diagnosis is reached through a physical exam, occasionally with anesthesia to help the animal to relax, and radiographs are often performed to rule out other issues. If a tear is diagnosed, the best treatment is to stabilize the knee surgically. We have a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Geoff Clark, that comes to our office to perform the surgery. There are two different methods that he utilizes to stabilize the knee and we can discuss these options with you if your pet is diagnosed with a full or partial tear of it's cruciate ligament.
Fractures, or broken bones, are seen occasionally in our pets. Some less complicated fractures can be treated with splints and exercise restriction. However, the vast majority need surgery to repair and stabilize the fracture. This promotes faster healing and a quicker return to normal activity. We have a board-certified surgeon available to perform these repairs or we can refer you to one of the emergency hospitals nearby.
There are many different reasons to perform hip surgeries, including hip dysplasia and fractures. These surgeries are done to alleviate pain and return an animal to as close to normal function as possible. We have a board-certified surgeon, Dr. Geoff Clark, that performs these surgeries at our hospital. Each case must be evaluated to determine which surgery is best for that patient.
Reconstructive surgery occurs after either major trauma or a surgical procedure that requires large areas of skin or tissue to be removed. It is often performed when removing large or invasive tumors.