The trained, skilled surgeons at Integrative Animal Hospital of Central Florida perform a variety of orthopedic surgeries. Orthopedic surgery focuses on surgical procedures involving your pet’s bones and joints. With the help of our diagnostic lab and digital x-ray equipment, we are able to diagnose your pet’s condition and offer state-of-the-art surgical procedures, holistic treatments and follow-up care to improve the quality of your pet’s life.
We also have a wide range of holistic and therapeutic treatments available for your pet after orthopedic surgery to help your pet recover quicker and with less pain, including cold laser therapy, acupuncture and other alternative treatments.
We treat a wide-range of orthopedic conditions, including:
- Canine hip dysplasia
- Degenerative joint disease
- Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Injury or Rupture
- Patella luxation (dislocated knee)
One of the most common canine orthopedic disorders we treat is Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) injury or rupture. The CCL is one of the major knee stabilizers in dogs and cats, and is commonly equated to the ACL in humans. Just like humans, surgical intervention may be needed if your pet injures or ruptures their CCL, so your pet can return to normal activity.
The CCL is a strong, dense structure that connects the ends of two bones across a joint. Their main function is to stabilize the joint. The CCL plays a critical role in stabilizing the stifle (knee) against front-to-back forces, prevents internal rotation of the tibia bone and limits hyperextension of the stifle. Once the cruciate ligament is torn, the femur slides down the sloped top portion of the tibia (tibial plateau), creating instability in the knee joint and pain.
What are the signs that my pet could have a cruciate injury?
- Stiffness in the rear leg after resting for a period of time.
- Varying degrees of lameness
- Non-weight bearing on the rear leg
- A clicking noise heard when your pet walks on that limb or when the leg is flexed
If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms or if you have any questions regarding orthopedic surgery, please give us a call at 407-833-8868.