Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Here at Poulsbo Animal Clinic, we take great pride in offering in-house routine and advanced orthopedic surgeries without the need to travel to the Seattle area. Dr. Craig Adams is highly skilled and experienced in performing a wide variety of orthopedic surgeries. Dr. Adams is currently a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS), a specialty organization committed to the research and clinical practice in veterinary orthopedics. He also has advanced training in minimally-invasive plating osteosynthesis (MIPO), a specialized technique to repair fractures that preserves blood supply to the bone, decreases infection risk, and promotes healing.

Using specialized instrumentation, Dr. Adams is able to repair a variety of conditions or injuries, including:

  • Ruptured or torn cranial cruciate ligaments (CCL), also known as anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL)
  • Meniscus injuries or tears
  • Luxating patellas
  • Femoral head ostectomies (FHO)
  • Bone fractures

We offer an updated version of the TPLO for cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) repair called a CBLO. You can learn more about this technique by reading our CBLO page.

As with all other surgeries, great care is taken to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort before, during, and after the procedure. From pre-surgery education to advanced cardiovascular monitoring to post-surgery pain management, Dr. Adams and his experienced team are committed to your pet’s health during orthopedic surgery.

Minimally Invasive Fracture Repair

Minimally Invasive Plating Osteosynthesis (MIPO),
AKA Minimally Invasive Fracture Repair

Some fractures can be repaired using the MIPO technique. It allows for a plate repair through 2 small incisions at the ends of the bone, away from the fracture site. The goal is not to put the “puzzle” back together, but to align the joints, and stabilize the fracture. By not manipulating the fracture, the blood supply is not damaged, there is quicker healing, reduced infection risk, and an earlier return to function, in most cases.

Toby is an active, 2-year-old cat that fractured his tibia and fibula. We were able to use the MIPO technique and achieved excellent results in 8 weeks. The bone will continue to remodel over time and will smooth out more and more. He is completely sound and there is no limp.

To learn more about orthopedic surgeries offered by our clinic or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Orthopedic X-Ray