Road Traffic accidents involving dogs and cats are all too common, and frequently pets require surgery to repair fractured bones, replace dislocated joints and repair/ replace damaged ligaments and tendons. Orthopaedic surgery is also carried out on dogs and cats with joint problems– the most common are: Ruptured Cruciate Ligaments in the knee joint, Osteochrondrosis (sometimes called OCD)- this is a disease which develops during the dog’s growth– usually large breeds like labs, boxers and Great danes. Spinal Surgery is a specialist part of which is performed at the practice. It involves delicate surgery to the main nerve which carries all the information from the brain to the legs, bladder etc– called the spinal cord.
Ewing Walker, one of the directors, has a special interest in the subject of Small Animal Veterinary Orthopaedics and has achieved by examination the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Surgery.
He has attended at least 14 Post-Graduate Practical Orthopaedic Training Courses at Universities throughout the UK & Ireland over the years to gain proficiency in modern advanced orthopaedic techniques and has gained a wide range of experience in dealing with a wide variety of fractures, bone growth defects, joint trauma and spinal cases with good success rates.
Arthroscopy has long been the gold standard for investigation & surgery of human and equine joint disease due to the minimal disruption of joint structures and the more rapid return to function post surgery. There are many applications for arthroscopy in small animal surgery in particular for investigation of Osteochrondrosis/ OCD, elbow disease, meniscal injuries and shoulder instability & bicepital tendon disease.
Joint surgery for cruciate ligament rupture by tibial plateal levelling osteotomy TPLO; and medial patellar luxation correction is also performed.
Fractures can be repaired by a variety of methods depending on the fracture type– these include applying a plate and screws across the fracture site, a steel pin down the middle of the bone from one end to the other, and also external fixators which are like a scaffold structure which support the bone from the outside. In severe cases we can use a combination of 1 or more techniques to make a stronger repair
Specialist orthopaedic surgery
Fracture repair surgery
Imaging by xray & arthroscopy
Orthopaedic, spine & fracture referrals
Ewing Walker BVM&S CertSAS MRCVS RCVS Advanced Practitioner (Small Animal Surgery)
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