boarding (2)Is your pet limping, having trouble walking, or suffering from limited mobility?

If so, your pet may be a good candidate for orthopedic surgery. Our veterinarian serving the San Jose area has substantial experience with pet orthopedic surgery. Below Dr. Natt answers six of your most frequently asked questions.

1.Why is my pet limping or having trouble walking?

Limping or difficulty walking are symptoms of orthopedic problems. If your pet is suffering from a problem with his bones, hips or joints, pet orthopedic surgery may be necessary to treat this condition. An accident injury, natural wear and tear, or a trauma fracture may cause an orthopedic injury to occur. If your pet is suffering from orthopedic problems, surgery may be necessary to correct this problem, restore mobility and help minimize your pet’s pain.

2.Is my pet a good candidate for orthopedic surgery?

If your pet is suffering from significant pain or reduced mobility, your pet may be a good candidate for orthopedic surgery. However, because the recovery period following orthopedic surgery can be very lengthy, our veterinarian does not recommend this surgery for older pets. As a veterinarian serving the San Jose area, Dr. Natt may recommend alternative therapies for your pet, such as nutritional supplements or laser therapy to help manage your pet’s pain.

3.What orthopedic surgeries are currently being done at Serra Veterinary Hospital?

The surgeries for cruciate rupture make almost 50% of our orthopedic surgeries. There are four surgical procedures being done for cruciate rupture including Lateral suture procedure, TPLO, TTA and MMP. The other most common orthopedic surgeries performed at Serrra Veterinary Hospital are patella luxation and various fracture repairs.

4.How do I prepare my pet for orthopedic surgery?

Food and water should be restricted for at least 12 hours prior to orthopedic surgery. Since your pet will be receiving anesthesia, we will also conduct diagnostic blood work prior to the procedure. Since orthopedic surgery can be complex, our veterinarian serving the San Jose area will review the procedure with you in detail prior to the operation. Our goal is to help you feel comfortable with all aspects of the procedure and be confident that orthopedic surgery is the right choice for your pet.

5.What is the orthopedic surgery process like?

Orthopedic surgery is a complex process that can take several hours to complete. Due to the procedure’s complexity, we do not release pets until 12 to 14 hours after the procedure. This allows our veterinary care team to carefully monitor your pet for possible complications.

6.How long is the recovery for knee surgery?

The recovery from knee surgery is typically six months. This recovery includes physical therapy to regain mobility after surgery.

7.What special instructions should I follow after my dog comes home?

Immediately following surgery, home care typically involves the restriction of physical activity. For example, pets will need to be kept on a very short leash when taken outside to use the bathroom. Exercise will initially be limited to non-existent; as your pet recovers, your pet will be ready for rehabilitative care. If your dog is left alone during the day, he will need to be confined to a cage or small area. Restricted activity is necessary for the entire recovery period; otherwise, if activity occurs, then additional care or recovery may be necessary.

Should your pet need surgery, we will discuss the procedure with you in full and answer any preliminary questions you may have.

Serra Veterinary Hospital of Sunnyvale serves: Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Campbell, Santa Clara, Palo Alto, Los Gatos, Mountain View, Los Altos, Saratoga, San Jose.