Pet Orthopedic

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Pet Orthopedic in Huntington Beach, CA

Every member of the Friendly Animal Hospital team understands that your pet’s health is of utmost importance. With a team of dedicated professionals and advanced technology, we are committed to delivering accurate and timely results to help your pets live their happiest, healthiest lives.


What is ACL and what is MMP

ACL usually refers to Anterior Cruciate Ligament which is the ligament that is located in the knee joint and is crucial for stabilizing the joint. ACL injuries are most common in active or older pets. Symptoms of an ACL injury includes limping, pain, and swelling in the knee joint with difficulty to bear weight on the affected leg which results in decreased of activity levels. Treatment for an ACL injury can range from rest and medication to surgical intervention. Common surgical procedures include TPLO (Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy) and TTA (Tibial Tuberosity Advancement).

Modified Maquet Procedure (MMP) is a surgical technique used to treat cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries in dogs. It is an alternative to other common procedures like TPLO and TTA. This procedure is used to stabilize the knee joint by altering the tibia, similar to TTA. This consists of making a cut in the tibial tuberosity and making it go forward. This is typically stabilized with a titanium wedge and screws.

Why/when they need the surgery
Surgery is necessary to avoid joint instability, pain, arthritis, and meniscal injury which can affect a pet’s quality of life. Conditions in when surgery is needed is when there is partial or complete tear, chronic lameness, having a large or active dog and failure of conservative management.
The benefit of the surgery/how long to recover
Benefits of the surgery includes restoration of joint stability, pain reduction, mobility improvement, prevention of further damager, and improving quality of life. Modified Maquet Procedure recovery time depends on the condition and the extent of the procedure but it typically takes 2 to 3 weeks with 6 to 10 for rehabilitation.

Complimentary consultation (need to schedule prior surgery day)

Starting at $2,500 for under 50 lbs
Starting at $3,200 for 50-100 lbs, additional $300 for over 100 lbs

Discount option, CareCredit accepted

Package includes with:

  • Full blood work panel (pre-qualified for surgery)
  • Radiograph Pre and Post surgical (up to 8 weeks)
  • IV catheter, Fluid therapy, pre-medication, antibiotic, pain injection, anesthesia during surgery; medication to go home, e-collar, bandage
  • Follow up appointment after surgery (at 2, 4, 8 weeks)

What to expect for complication/ rare incident

You’re aware that any surgery always has a risk/ complication that can happen. In that case, we can work with you about the solutions. Contact the office to get more information.

Other Orthopedic Procedures

Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) Surgery

This is a surgical procedure designed to treat cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) injuries in pets. When the CCL is torn, it causes pain, instability, and lameness. TTA aims to stabilize the knee joint by changing the biomechanics of the tibia (shin bone).

We begin by examining the pet by taking X-rays and determining the extent of the injury. The procedure begins with a surgical incision, cutting the tibia, inserting spacer, and finish by securing the tibial tuberosity. Recovery time takes about 2 to 3 weeks with a 8 to 12 weeks of rehabilitation.

Medial Patellar Luxation (MPL) Repair
This is an orthopedic condition in pets where the patella (kneecap) dislocates or moves out of place, typically towards the inside (medial side) of the knee. This condition can cause lameness, pain, and discomfort. If left unmanaged, it may lead to arthritis. Specific factors such as congenital or trauma can cause MPL and symptoms usually includes lameness, hopping, difficulty walking, pain, swelling and stiffness.

There are non surgical and surgical treatments for MPL. The non-surgical way would be having the pet be in weight management, physical therapy, pain management, and activity modification/enhancement). The surgical route would be performing Tibial Tuberosity Transposition (TTT), Trochleoplasty, Lateral Imbrication and Corrective Osteotomy.

Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)
This is a surgical procedure to alleviate pain and improve function for severe hip joint problems. This procedure involves the removal of the femoral head and neck, effectively eliminating the hip joint and a false joint made of scar tissue forms which allows the pet to regain pain-free mobility. Symptoms of FHO includes hip dysplasia, Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease, severe arthritis, dislocation, and fractures. Procedure starts with an evaluation and the surgery includes by making an incision, removal of femoral head and neck, smoothening the bone edges, and then a closure. Benefits of this procedure would be pain relief, improvement in mobility, there is no implant needed, and it’s cost effective. Recovery takes about 2 to 4 weeks with 4 to 8 weeks of rehabilitation.
Fracture Repair
This is a treatment of fractures bones in pets to restore normal the function, alleviate pain, and prevent complications. Correct fracture repair is extremely crucial for the recovery and long-term health of the animal.

Types of Fractures

  • Closed Fracture
  • Open (Compound) Fracture
  • Simple Fracture
  • Comminuted Fracture
  • Greenstick Fracture

Ways to repair a fractured bone includes external fixation which is where pins or wires get inserted through the skin, into the bone and connected by an external frame or internal fixation which is where implants are places with plates, screws, pins, or rods directly on or within the bone.

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