Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery in McKinney, TX

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All About Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery

If your furry friend requires orthopedic surgery, your trusted team at Pet Method is here to help. We are pleased to partner with an expert mobile surgery group that performs the most intricate orthopedic surgery procedures right here at our McKinney practice. From fracture repair to torn ligaments or damaged joints, you can count on our team for care that exceeds your expectations.

Orthopedic Surgery - An Overview

Orthopedic surgery involves treating injuries or damage to the bones, joints, ligaments, or muscles. Our dedicated mobile surgery group strives to relieve any discomfort and help your furry friend resume an active, pain-free lifestyle.

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What Are the Most Common Orthopedic Surgeries Performed?

The following are some of the most common orthopedic surgeries we offer:


Fracture Repair: Accidents are an unfortunate reality in life, often involving bone fractures. If your furry companion has a simple fracture, an external splint or cast will help promote healing. In more severe or complex fractures, surgery may be the only option to restore your pet’s health and mobility. That may include using pins, bone plates, or screws to align fractured bones and stabilize them. The goal is to promote healing and restore normal function.

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO): TPLO is a procedure designed to repair and stabilize the stifle joint when the cranial cruciate ligament, similar to the ACL in humans, is ruptured. It involves rotating the shin bone to change the angle of the joint, which helps stabilize the knee, improve mobility, and enhance your pet’s quality of life.

Luxating Patella Surgery: A luxating patella is a dislocated kneecap most commonly seen in smaller breed dogs. It typically occurs when the patellar displaces from position, interfering with mobility. There are many ways to treat a luxating patella, from a knee brace to a patellar wedge resection, which involves repositioning your furry friend’s kneecap or tightening the ligaments that hold it in place. Our experienced surgeons will determine the best approach to restore the joint’s normal function.

Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO): The surgical procedure is designed to treat certain hip conditions, including chronic arthritis, severe hip joint trauma, or hip dysplasia. It involves removing the head and neck of the femur, which helps eliminate bone-on-bone contact, restoring joint mobility and providing lasting relief. It is typically recommended for cats, smaller dogs, or larger pets with a healthy weight. Otherwise, a total hip replacement may be the only option.

What Happens After Orthopedic Surgery?

We will provide care instructions and pain medication to keep your pet comfortable. Make sure to follow the wound care instructions and restrict your pet’s activity for the first few days. A cone may be necessary to prevent licking or scratching incisions, which can interfere with healing and lead to infection. If you have questions or concerns, contact our office for guidance.

Veterinary Orthopedic Surgery in McKinney, TX

If your furry friend shows signs of bone injury or joint damage, contact Pet Method Animal Hospital to request a consultation. Dr. Hunter Finn may recommend orthopedic surgery to restore your pet’s health and mobility. You can always count on our experienced partner surgeons for the highest level of care and service. We invite you to call 318-232-4393 to schedule an appointment or request one online today!

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    Pet Orthopedic Surgery FAQs

    Dr. Finn may request testing in preparation for orthopedic surgery, including blood work, x-rays, ultrasound imaging, or any other tests to prepare for the procedure and to ensure your pet can tolerate anesthesia.

    You will need to plan for transportation to and from our pet hospital. Consider your pet's size and ensure you have a secure pet carrier or leash. It's especially important to provide a safe and comfortable ride home after surgery.

    Prepare a calm and comfortable area with a cozy bed for your pet to rest and recover. You may want to choose a spot away from other pets or distractions. Make sure you have any needed medications or foods on hand. We're happy to offer tips and advice to help you prepare for post-operative home care.