Small Animal Orthopaedics and Arthroscopy

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Ridge Referrals is a small animal orthopaedic referral service specialising in arthroscopy (key hole joint surgery).

We accept veterinary referrals (cases sent from other vets only) in all aspects of orthopaedics in cats and dogs including fractures, joint disease and medical orthopaedics (such as certain causes of arthritis similar to Rheumatoid arthritis and muscle diseases).

All cases must have been sent with the consent of your primary care vet with whom we liaise closely for follow up care.

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Arthroscopy is the inspection of the inside of a joint using a very small camera through very small “keyhole” incisions. Surgery can then be performed through equally small incisions to address the underlying cause or any secondary problems associated with the lameness.

The major advantage of arthroscopy over traditional arthrotomy (open procedure) is the reduced morbidity associated with the surgery (less pain and faster recovery). For certain conditions such as shoulder ligament injury there is no other way of making the diagnosis other than through arthroscopy.

Conditions in dogs in which this may be of particular benefit include:
• Elbow diseases (OCD, fragmentation of the medial coronoid, arthritis, ununited anconeal process)
• Shoulder injuries (ligament injuries, bicipital tenosynovitis, OCD)
• Stifle (knee) injuries (cruciate ligament rupture, mensical (cartilage) tears, medial patella luxation)
• Hip dysplasia
• Hock injuries (OCD, ligament injuries)
• Carpal (wrist) injuries

Sports / Working Dogs

Dogs competing in agility, fly ball, field trials and working dogs (gun dogs, security dogs and police dogs) are all susceptible to certain injuries both through the repetitive strain of competition, work and training and through the strenuous physical activity of the lifestyle by comparison with a pet dog.

Working and athletic dogs pose an additional challenge in that our ultimate aim is to return the individual dog to the pre injury level or higher and this requires considerable work on diagnostics, treatment and post operative rehabilitation.

Our facilities and the “on- site” physiotherapy gives us the best chance of a full return to function for any dog whether it is a pet, an athlete, a working gun dog, assistance or security dog.

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Cranial Cruciate Disease


Shoulder Injuries in Dogs

Elbow Problems

Medial Patella Luxation