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Broken Bone or Fracture Repair For Dogs & Cats

Minimally Invasive Pet Surgery in Phoenix

Fracture repair is a surgery to fix a broken bone using metal screws, pins, rods or plates to hold the bone in place while it heals.

A fracture is any loss of continuity in the bone so the term ‘broken bone’ and fracture are used interchangeably. Dogs and cats frequently suffer broken bones due to trauma from a fall, fight with another animal or road traffic accidents. Some fractures can be managed with a cast but others require or heal better with surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery For Fractures

CARE Surgery Center is unlike most other animal hospitals because we apply minimally invasive surgical techniques to fracture repair in dogs and cats. The benefits for your pet include reduced pain, shorter recovery time, faster healing and more rapid return to function.

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The traditional approach to fracture repair in animals involves open bone exposure for implant placement also known as ‘open reduction and internal fixation’ (ORIF). Advanced imaging technologies like computed tomography and fluoroscopy, as well as advancements in locking implants, allow our veterinary surgeon to better visualize and repair fractures through a small scale approach. This is known as minimally invasive osteosynthesis.

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Signs Your Dog or Cat Has a Broken Bone

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Swelling at the site of the fracture
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Limping or inability to bear weight
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Intense pain or discomfort
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Crying or whining
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Loss of appetite
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Decreased energy

Reasons Your Pet May Require Surgery or Fracture Repair

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Mandibular fractures
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Long bone fractures
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Fractures involving joints
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Pelvic fractures
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Salter Harris (growth plate) fractures
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Sacro-iliac luxation

What are the benefits of surgery to heal a broken bone in my dog or cat?

Benefits of fracture repair over conservative management include:

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Less muscle atrophy
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Less physical therapy
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Healthier joints through reduced immobilization

There is also a lower risk of osteoarthritis from fractures involving joints, malalignment and angular limb deformity, and nonunion (which may occur if a fracture moves too much, has a poor blood supply, or gets infected).

Benefits of minimally invasive fracture repair include:

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Lower risk of nonunion
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More rapid return to function than ORIF
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Reduced pain due to smaller incisions

When a dog or cat has fracture repaired through a minimally invasive approach, they are better able to heal through improved preservation of blood supply, and the body’s own growth factors and stem cells. This promotes longevity and more pain-free years for your pet!

Orthopedics and ACL Surgery for Dogs and Cats

Our team of veterinary doctors and technicians are experienced in treating both dogs and cats with broken bones.

Learn more about the other types of bone, joint, ligament tears we treat at CARE Surgery Center.

Veterinary Surgery Specialists

Dr. Bleakley specializes in minimally invasive surgery techniques, combining advanced veterinary surgical training with state-of-the-art technology to minimize the impact of surgery for your dog or cat.

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6677 W. Thunderbird Rd L188
Glendale, AZ 85306

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