Orthopaedic Surgery

At Noosa District Animal Hospital the surgical suite is state of the art and backed by exceptional diagnostic and radiology facilities. From simple fractures to advanced knee reconstructions we are equipped with modern instruments.

Dr Dion and Dr Stephanie attained their Memberships in Small Animal Surgery from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Together they have many years of experience and have special interests in orthopaedics especially the repair of cruciate ligament ruptures in the knee with advanced procedures.

We pride ourselves not only on our exceptional surgical facilities but also the stringent protocols we follow to ensure safety of your pet during surgery. All patients prior to ortho surgery have a complete health check including a blood test to establish their health status. Intravenous antibiotics and pain relief at 3 levels (opiods, non steroidal antiinflamatories and impregnated patches) is used to ensure their post operative comfort and well being.

The operating theater has single access with positive pressure ventilation through viral and bacterial filters to avoid contamination. We only use the finest Stryker* tools for our orthopedic procedures, and imported implants the likes you would find in a human operating room.

The anaesthetic during the procedure is maintained with oxygen and isoflurane. Monitored by experienced Cert 4 Veterinary Nurses and a battery of measuring instrumentation. Recovery is in the ICU ward and when awake they are hospitalised for their recuperation.

Triple Tibial Osteotomy (TTO) is a newer, specialized surgical technique to repair the cranial cruciate ligament, by correcting the tibial plateau angle. Measurements are taken from radiographs which are specific for the anatomy of each patient, and calculations are then made using a biomechanical formula. Based on these calculations, the TTO technique involves 3 straight bone cuts made in the tibia below the stifle joint (Knee) and removal of a bone wedge-the angle of which corresponds to the correction angle obtained from the formula, this defect is then closed and a TTO bone plate applied with bone screws to support the repair.