474 W US Hwy 72

Collierville, TN 38017 US

(901) 853-8519

Open mobile navigation

Pet Orthopedic Surgery FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Orthopedic Surgery at Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center

If you've been told that you should consider orthopedic surgery for your pet, you may be both worried and curious about this field of veterinary medicine. If so, check out these answers to some frequently asked orthopedic surgery questions here at Collierville Animal Clinic & Surgery Center.

kitten sitting in the lap of its owner

What Is Orthopedic Surgery?

Orthopedic surgery is surgery aimed at repairing a joint or bone. This form of surgical treatment is commonly performed on pets and humans alike. Our vet center may prescribe it for complex fracture repair, to restore function and stability in an injured knee joint, to ease pain and improve range of motion in a hip joint, or to relieve severe spinal pain.

How and Why Do You Repair Fractures Surgically?

While some fractures are simple and clean enough to heal with only a cast, others may feature splintered or dislocated bone pieces that must be reconnected through surgery. Metal rods are sometimes used to reinforce long weight-bearing joints as they heal. Shattered bones or joints are often repaired by drawing them back together and holding them in place with metal screws.

What Are the Surgical Options for Restoring a Damaged Knee Joint?

Pets' knees are prone to ruptures of the CCL ligament, which causes pain and lameness. Smaller, lighter pets may receive an artificial ligament in the form of a suture attached to the outside of the joint. Larger pets may need a procedure to alter the shape of joint components so they can support the body without a working ligament. Examples include TPLO (triple plateau leveling osteotomy) and TTL (tibial tuberosity advancement).

How Does Surgery Help Pets With Hip Problems?

Dysplasia is the common degenerative hip problem in pets. This condition may start early in life and grow steadily more crippling over time. A younger animal may benefit from a corrective procedure known as a double or triple pelvic osteotomy, which alters the angle of the joint for improved function. Severe dysplasia may be treated with the installation of an artificial hip joint, or by removing the femoral head and allowing scar tissue to form in its place.

How Do Pets Benefit From Spinal Surgery?

Spinal surgery can relieve painful spinal conditions such as bulging discs or osteoarthritis. In many cases, our vet clinic can perform surgery on the bulging disc to ease nerve compression. We may also fuse adjacent vertebrae to eliminate osteoarthritis pain.

Need a Germantown, Piperton or Collierville Veterinarian?

If your pet needs orthopedic surgery in Collierville, Germantown or Piperton, talk to the right veterinarian for the job. Call (901) 853-8519 today!

New patients receive a free wellness exam.

Clinic/Surgery: 901-853-8519
Pet Resort: 901-854-1500




Visit our online pharmacy to conveniently shop for your pet!

See your pet on Petly – As your pet's personal health page, Petly is a special place for you and your pet. You're just one click away! – GO TO PETLY

Office Hours

Monday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

*Open Every Other Saturday
Click here to view our Saturday calendar

Location

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "All staff caring and competent. We are thrilled with the care our dog gets here."
    Catherine, Collierville, TN

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

    Read More
  • Caring for Senior Cats

    Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, today’s cats can live well into their teen years. It is not uncommon for cats to live to be 18 or even older. However, in order for cats to live a long full life, they need proactive veterinary care to stay healthy. As cats age, they are at greater risk for ...

    Read More
  • Feline Stomatitis: Treatments

    Cats rarely display their pain, but cats with feline stomatitis are often the exception. If your cat appears to have mouth pain, is reluctant to eat, doesn't want to groom, is drooling, and doesn't want you to open its mouth, it may be suffering from this debilitating, degenerative oral condition, and ...

    Read More
  • Feline Leukemia Virus: What You Need to Know

    Feline leukemia (FeLV) is a virus that weakens your cat's immune system. Unfortunately, when the immune system does not function properly, your cat may be more likely to develop other diseases, such as cancer and blood disorders. How Cats Contract Feline Leukemia Cats get feline leukemia from other cats. ...

    Read More
  • Family Cats and Pregnant Women: Take Measures to Prevent Toxoplasmosis Infection

    Nothing must spoil the joys of becoming a new parent. Not even your pets. But family cats with normal, every day habits can pose a risk to expectant women. Women's immune systems can be disturbed by a parasite carried in fecal matter. If you're the primary caretaker of your family's feline friend it ...

    Read More
  • Create an Environment Your Cat Will Love

    The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery confirms that feline emotional wellbeing, behavior and physical health are a result of how comfortable they are in their environment. Understanding how our cats interact with their environment can help us create a space for owners and cats to mutually thrive ...

    Read More
  • Catnip: Why Cats Love It

    Few things stimulate a cat's pleasure faster than catnip. Exposure to this simple herb can reveal a new side to their feline personality. Many cats will go crazy at the smell of this plant. Catnip has a reputation of being a feline drug and many cat owners wonder if it is safe to give it to their pet. ...

    Read More
  • Zoonosis

    Zoonosis refers to diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals. In particular, they occur when an infected animal passes on bacteria, parasites, fungi or viruses to humans through scratches, saliva, feces and urine. Vectors (e.g., organisms like fleas and ticks) can also carry zoonotic diseases ...

    Read More
  • Sugar Gliders

    Thinking of getting a sugar glider? These tiny marsupials are energetic and friendly, making them popular choices as pets. Though they weigh less than a half-pound, they're more closely related to kangaroos than they are flying squirrels. If you think a sugar glider would make an ideal pet for your family, ...

    Read More
  • Epilepsy

    Epilepsy (often referred to as a seizure disorder) is a chronic neurological condition characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. It is commonly controlled with medication, although surgical methods are used as well. Epileptic seizures are classified both by their patterns of activity in the brain ...

    Read More

Newsletter Signup