Our fully qualified team of 4 veterinarians have between them a total of 70 years experience! This is an average of 20 years each. Each of us has interests in a particular area of surgery, but are all competent surgeons.
We offer a comprehensive range of routine and emergency surgical services. This includes an extensive list of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgery capabilities. Our specialised surgical room is fully equipped with a wide range of surgical equipment, including AO Synthes orthopaedic air-powered fracture repair gear.
In addition, we have a large range of instruments to assist us with the wide range of surgical procedures that we perform. All of our surgical equipment and accessory gear such as drapes, swabs etc. are fully steam sterilised in a modern up-to-the-minute autoclave. Our nurses strive to constantly improve our operating support services.
Our services are complimented by full access to the veterinary specialist services of diagnostic ultrasound and cardiac imaging, surgery and full medical consulting facilities where necessary.
Our practice has 3 fully operational anaesthetic machines using isoflurane anaesthetic gas. Our machines are regularly serviced and all patients undergoing general anaesthetic are intubated with an endotracheal tube and maintained under anaesthesia on an oxygen/isoflurane gas combination. All patients under general anaesthesia are monitored with the latest monitoring equipment, which reads heart rate, respiration rate, temperature and oxygen saturation and gives a visual readout on a computer screen. We also use a pulse oximeter on each patient.
Modified Maquet Procedure (MMP)
Hind limb lameness caused by cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) failure is common in dogs. Many different surgical techniques exist to treat dogs with CCL failure. We recommend and prefer an advanced and highly successful surgery called MMP. With MMP surgery most dogs will return to previous levels of unrestricted athletic activity and function without encountering any significant complications within 8-10 weeks
The operation involves placing a wedge-shaped implant made from titanium foam behind the point of the knee to hold it in a 'hinged-forward' position. Following surgery xrays will be taken to confirm that everything is in position before the patient is allowed to recover from anaesthesia. Within 2 days of surgery the patient should be weight-bearing while walking.
Strict rest is required after surgery with short leash works only. Check x-rays are usually taken 4 – 6 weeks after surgery then activity levels are gradually increased back to normal.