Orthopedic Surgery Overview | Veterinary Specialty Centre - St. John's NL

Orthopedic Surgery Overview

Patients are often referred to VSCNL for a variety of orthopedic problems such as:

  • lameness due to rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in the stifle (knee) joint, elbow dysplasia, or hip dysplasia
  • trauma causing fractures and joint injuries

Our critical-care and surgical facilities enable us to optimize the management of these challenging cases. Further investigation may include digital radiography, computerized tomography (CT scanning), and arthroscopy – a technique in which a small camera is inserted into a joint. Orthopedic surgery requires extreme aseptic techniques in order to minimize the possibility of post-operative infection. Our operating rooms are equipped and managed to the highest of standards.

With advanced orthopedic instrumentation, our board-certified surgeons perform both internal and external fracture fixation, arthroscopic surgery, correction of limb deformities by a variety of techniques including limb lengthening, and joint fusions (arthrodesis).

Some of the conditions we commonly treat include:.