Specialist Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics

With luck, your pet will never need to receive orthopaedic surgery. But if they ever do, Sage Vets has
you covered.

Orthopaedic services

Our Orthopaedic Surgeon is experienced in a range of orthopaedic procedures that your furry friend may need:

  • Simple cruciate ligament repair
  • Complex cruciate ligament repair
  • Luxating patella/dislocated kneecap
  • Femoral head and neck excision
  • Fracture repair
  • Amputations for severe injuries or bone cancer cases

 

Pre-appointment requirements
Fasting
It’s important that you don’t feed your pet on the morning of their surgery. This ensures it’s safe for us to administer their sedative and anaesthetic.

On the day
Timing
Arrive at your chosen clinic on time so your clinical nurse can help you with their pre-operative administration. Being on time means we can give your pet our full attention.

Admission
Once your pet is admitted to surgery, we give them a blood test and administer a sedative to help them relax.

Blood tests
We  give your pet a blood test to assess their kidney function and red blood cell concentration, helping us establish a baseline health level prior to administering their anaesthetic. In some cases,
such as in senior pets, it may be necessary to undertake a more detailed blood test, which helps us select the most appropriate anaesthetic for your pet. Your veterinarian will advise on the necessary course of action to take, and the costs involved.

Anaesthetic
Following their blood tests and sedative, we administer anaesthetic to your pet. This ensures we’re able to complete the necessary surgery free of pain and discomfort. An attending vet nurse monitor’s their vital signs throughout the entire operation, right through to recovery, to ensure maximum comfort for your furry friend.

Fluids
To avoid dehydration, and to help flush the necessary anaesthetic drugs through their system, your pet will receive fluids throughout their surgery. In some cases your pet may benefit from extended
fluids, in the form of an IV drip, which can be given from admission through to a few hours post-surgery.

Post-surgery
After-care instructions
Your vet or vet nurse will provide detailed after-care instructions for your pet, and advise when they can eat and drink again. This will change depending on the nature of surgery they’ve received.

Pain relief
We provide you with a tailored pain management program which helps keep them comfortable throughout their healing process.

Is there anything I should watch out for?
Please get in touch with Sage Vets immediately if you pet vomits repeatedly, seems restless and agitated, overly lethargic (some lethargy is common following surgery), or if there’s any bleeding or
discharge from their surgical would.

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