Orthopedic Procedures & Fracture Repair

Pet Fracture Repair

We see many patients who’s pets who, by virtue of a catastrophic event, have broken a bone. With our skilled hospital team, and a well stocked clinic, we have an extremely high success rate of returning your pet to an active life.

2 dogs. One is catching a ball

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Not all veterinarians are surgeons, and to increase the chances of a successful outcome you should seek an qualified surgeon. The hospital needs to be properly equipped and the surgeon should have many years of experience in repairing similar cases. Dr. Leadbeater has done hundreds of these procedures, using state of the art equipment.

Generally, no.  Rarely is this successful and can lead to other more serious concerns.  The biggest impediment to a bone healing is movement (however small) at the fracture site.  Splinting almost, always cannot prevent this movement.  If after 6 weeks in a splint the bone is not healed, then the limb is weak. Muscles have wasted away and a more complicated surgery becomes necessary, with less guarantee of success.  This is one of the most common types of second-opinion cases we see at our practice.

Usually no, because splints restrict the normal growth and development of joints and tendons, etc. This creates a restricted range of motion, and abnormal limb configuration for the life of the pet.

All orthopedic surgery has a level of complication.  First, it requires an accurate assessment of imaging (x-rays).  Then, a complete knowledge of anatomy is needed as the surgeon is meticulously separating muscles and tendons, as well as protecting vital blood vessels and nerves throughout the surgery.  Then everything is put back in place to create normal function and a good cosmetic appearance.

There are two areas in which we need special equipment:

  1. We must stock a complete inventory of implants, plates and screws of all sizes from cats and Chihuahuas to the largest Great Dane.
  2. Instruments that may only have one function. For instance, tools that hold a plate to a bone to allow screws to be placed. A surgeon will need different sizes of such instrumentation as bones vary greatly in size.  It is not unusual to have in excess of $50,000.00 to $75,000.00 of orthopedic surgical equipment in the inventory, and why very few practices are suited to this type of surgery.

Kahala Pet Hospital is fully equipped to attend to your needs at a moment’s notice.

Generally, yes, including broken backs.  The exception is a bone so badly shattered that reconstruction is impossible.

Amputation is the very, very last resort.  This rarely is a consideration with broken bones.  Unfortunately, this is all too commonly recommended by veterinarians who lack experience and instrumentation to correct the fracture.  You should always seek a second opinion if this is suggested to you.

Over the years we have returned many, many pets to running and playing on all four legs. That would not have been the case had owners accepted the first advice of amputation.

Unfortunately there is no denying that there are significant costs involved.  However, Kahala Pet Hospital will always review each case and x-rays as a second opinion, at NO COST  Further, we will match any other estimate, LESS 5%, provided that the estimate is for comparable surgery.  Beyond that, we will try to work with you as best we can. There are pet insurance plans available, should you want to look into that. You can find information on our Resources Page.

Our passion is to return your pet to normal pain free function, and will do everything in our power to achieve that goal.

Pet Hip Surgery & Total Hip Replacement

We are not currently providing hip surgery, but would like to make sure you have information on the topic.

Pet hip surgery has given back years of life to many happy dogs, cats, and other animals in need. With advanced modern veterinary science it is possible to vastly improve the quality of your pets life. There are numerous animal hip surgery options and treatments availalbe, so please do not hesitate to call us today at (808) 735 4433.

The following article from my blog provides more information:

component used in a pet total hip replacement procedure.

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Does your dog seem to experience stiffness in the morning? Slowness to get up? Wanting to sit down while eating or during walks? If your dog shows any of these signs, he could have Hip Dysplasia. Hip Dysplasia is an abnormal development and growth of the hip joint. Both hips are usually affected, but only one side may show symptoms. The onset of clinical signs may not occur on both sides at the same time. Hip Dysplasia is manifested by varying degrees of laxity of the muscles and ligaments around the hip joint with instability and malformation of the joint components. Crippling arthritis can be the long term consequence of undetected or untreated Hip Dysplasia. Dogs showing signs of discomfort can be any age and of any size. However, large breed dogs are more commonly affected.

Total Hip Replacement is the main treatment option for Hip Dysplasia that has produced excellent results. Approximately 95% of patients return to normal function after their pet hip surgery. Most dogs will run, jump, play normally, and have a greatly improved quality of life shortly.

Canine Hip Dysplasia is a common condition. However, depending on the severity of your dog’s condition, several treatment options are available. To decide which treatment option is best for your dog, or you simply wish to get more information on Hip Dysplasia, Total Hip Replacement or pet hip surgery in Hawaii, we are more than happy to schedule a consultation for you with Dr.Leadbeater.

The prosthetic hip is implanted in a pet in a similar fashion as is done with people. It replaces the painful arthritic joint. The modular prosthetic hip replacement system has 3 components – the femoral stem, the femoral head, and the acetabular cup. As with humans the components are made of titanium, cobalt chrome, and ultra high molecular weight polyethylene.

With a Total Hip Replacement the arthritic joint is gone. The decreased range of motion of the original arthritic joint is also corrected to allow a greater degree of limb movement.

Most dogs walk on their new hip within a few days after surgery. Most pet owners report their dog’s personality improves and that their dog feels great. Gradual return to normal function is allowed between 8 and 12 weeks after surgery. Numerous long term studies have found Total Hip Replacement to be a very effective method of treating disabling conditions of the canine hip. Statistically the majority of dogs following surgery displayed marked improvement in walking, sitting, climbing stairs, standing, running, getting into the car, playing, and exercise tolerance. Total Hip Replacements have been performed in both pet and working dogs with equal success.

In 2007 a greater range of implants became available , allowing replacement to be performed in much smaller dogs, and now into cats. Dr. Leadbeater is one of the few veterinary surgeons worldwide that has implanted the new, very small components.

Other Orthopedic Procedures

Client Testimonial:

My Italian Greyhound broke her leg in June of 2009 and other vets wouldn’t even touch it. The owner of Kahala Pet hospital is the best orthopedic surgeon on the island. He is not only a great vet, but also a great person. He took his time and answered all my questions. He was very understanding. I have a great respect for him and his staff. I won’t go back to my old vet again. This is my vet for life.

–  Tiffany