Orthopaedic surgery

South Devon Referrals offers a wide range of orthopaedic (bone) surgery. This includes repairs of fractures, management of growth abnormalities, management of lameness, treatment of cranial cruciate disease (rupture) and other joint problems. Offering the best possible orthopaedic service is facilitated not only by having excellent surgical facilities, but also by direct access to onsite advanced diagnostics (especially our CT scanner). CT scanning provides a three dimensional X-ray view and is now an essential part of high quality orthopaedics for pets. It allows much more accurate diagnosis and management of many orthopaedic conditions (for example: assessing many elbow problems without exploratory surgery; assessing spinal disease; identifying fractures that are missed on X-ray).

John Harvey sees orthopaedic referrals and is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Small Animal Surgery and holds a PgC and the European (ESVPS) Certificate in Small Animal Surgery and the European (ESVPS) Certificate in Endoscopy and Endosurgery.

Surgery for cranial cruciate disease

Rupture, or partial rupture, of the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is a common cause of stifle (knee) lameness in dogs (and also cats). There are many treatments available for this condition, and South Devon Referrals tailors treatment of this condition to the individual patient (age, weight, activity level and many other factors influence what is the best treatment option). We have on-site access to a physiotherapist who supports best recovery of function for all our cases. Before surgery we will assess your pet and  spend time discussing what the benefits and disadvantages of different surgical approaches: we believe in planning the surgery to ensure the best possible outcome for each patient – not offering a “one size fits all” approach. We will also ensure you have the opportunity to ask your surgeon any questions you may have before surgery.

We use a range of techniques for cranial cruciate disease, including:

  • TPLO (Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy), and TTO (Triple Tibial Osteotomy). These are techniques where angles in the joint are adjusted by cutting the bone;
  • Lateral stabilisation (where the knee is stabilised with a nylon prosthetic);
  • In some patients, non-surgical approaches may be an option.

Surgical costs vary depending on the surgical technique and size of patient. Typical costs for surgery are between £700 and £2000.