Orthopedic Surgery

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair
A torn ACL is the most common orthopedic injury we treat.
We use the Lateral Suture technique to repair this injury.
In an average year here at Riverbend, we surgically treat over 300 torn ACLs.

Patellar Luxation Repair
Patellar luxation is most commonly a congenital problem. The patella can luxate either medially or laterally. It is best to repair these luxations before the patient is two years old in order to minimize arthritis in the future.

Tendon Repair
The most common tendon injury we see is the torn Achilles tendon, but we also repair torn tendons in the carpus, hock, or feet.

Femoral Head and Neck Excision
This is a procedure used to treat Legg Perthes disease, fractures, and severe arthritis of the hip joint. This is a salvage procedure in which the ball portion of the ball-and-socket hip joint is excised. This relieves pain and results in improved function of the hip.

Osteochondritis Dessicans Repair
OCD is a congenital problem resulting in a painful cartilage defect in a joint. It occurs most commonly in the shoulder, elbow, knee, and hock. Surgery will decrease pain, increase mobility, and minimize arthritis down the road.

Fragmented Coronoid Process
and Ununited Anconeal Process Repair
FCP and UAP are forms of elbow dysplasia, a congenital problem seen most commonly in rapidly growing large breed dogs, especially retrievers. Surgery relieves pain, increases function, and minimizes future arthritis.

Growth Abnormality Repairs
For these repairs, we use ostectomies, osteotomies, and external fixation devices.

The most common growth abnormality we see is premature closure of the ulnar growth plate, resulting in elbow pain and rotation of the foot outward. Surgery is performed to minimize abnormal growth (while the dog is still growing) or straighten the leg (after the dog is full grown).

Fracture Repairs
We repair all types of fractures and use multiple techniques – bone plates and screws, pins and wires, external fixation devices, and/or interlocking nails. At Riverbend we have the equipment that allows us to choose the best technique to repair a fracture (and allows us to change plans mid-stream if required).

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