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Quality Orthopaedic Vet In Melbourne

A veterinarian that performs orthopaedic surgery, will perform surgery on the bones and joints of your pet, so that they can regain normal or improved function of those bones and joints again. Many veterinary hospitals no longer provide many of these orthopaedic procedures and refer these cases to specialist centres, where costs can be considerable. At South Eastern Animal Hospital, we perform a range of orthopaedic procedures, and usually at as little as one-third to one-quarter of the price of the same procedure at a specialist centre.

When is orthopaedic surgery necessary?

If your pet has had a suffered a broken bone, it will need orthopaedic surgery to repair the break. Other conditions that require orthopaedic surgery include:

  • Fractures and dislocations
  • Joint problems
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Degenerative problems such as osteoarthritis
  • Cartilage defects

Orthopaedic surgical treatment process:

Pets undergoing surgical procedures will need to be admitted on the morning of the scheduled surgery. A pre-anaesthetic examination will be performed once your pet has settled in.

A few hours before the procedure your pet will be sedated to encourage a more gentle adjustment to the general anaesthetic. As caring professionals, we take pain management very seriously and do our utmost to ensure the comfort of your beloved pet.

Throughout the surgical procedure, your pet will be monitored with checks on vitals such as blood pressure, respiratory rate and blood oxygen levels.

Recovery and post-operative care:

After the procedure and during recovery, your pet is monitored further to ensure their comfort and wellbeing. Our highly trained nurses will also ensure that your pet does not chew on its bandages (if they are used) or lick their sutures, which is a common concern.

It is usual for pets to be discharged as soon as they show no signs of pain or discomfort and are up and walking normally. They will be kept overnight for additional monitoring if they appear to be in pain or don’t recover quickly.

If necessary, and depending on the breed of the animal, we may need to perform post-operative checks and X-rays to determine the success of the healing process, which will vary depending on your pet.

For more information on the orthopaedic services we provide, please get in touch with us at South Eastern Animal Hospital.