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Orthopedic Surgery and Pain Management
Our team treats pets for pain and/or injury via advanced techniques which may include:
Blood products (e.g. Stem Cells/ Platelet Rich Plasma)
Dale S. Skrabalak PhD, DVM, ABVP is certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline medicine. He has been practicing veterinary medicine and surgery since 1986. Dr. Skrabalak’s special interest is in reconstructive surgery of the canine knee. This includes correction of cranial cruciate injuries and patellar (knee cap) luxation. He also has extensive experience in post operative and chronic pain management.
When the cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is torn, the knee becomes unstable (See Figure A).
Normally the CCL is engaged when the knee is bent as in jumping, running or climbing. With CCL tears, the lower part of the leg lunges forward, thereby stretching the joint capsule and eliciting pain and subsequent inflammation/swelling. Surgical correction encompasses clearing out joint debris, removing any parts of torn menisci and then placing a prosthetic ligament and closing the surgical site.
When the patella (knee cap) luxates (falls out of place), pain is elicited (See Figure B).
Normally the patella guides the quadriceps tendon over the knee joint, facilitating the extension (straightening) of the leg. Patellar luxation is usually due to a shallow groove or misalignment. Surgical correction encompasses deepening the groove and correcting the misalignment if present.
Figure C. (Normal)
Figure D. (Dysplastic)
Advanced hip dysplasia and associated osteoarthritis is best treated with surgery (See Figures C & D).
One effective procedure is FHO (femoral head/neck osteotomy). In this procedure, the misshapen femoral head and its extension are removed. This eliminates bone on bone contact and its associated pain.
Elbow ailments include developmental abnormalities such as ununited aconeal process (UNC) as well as fragmented coronoid process (FCP) and elbow dysplasia (See Figures E, F & G).
Depending on the case, treatment may involve surgery and/or medical management.
Cases that are either healing post operatively or associated with chronic skeletal pain are treated with advanced laser therapy in combination with physical therapy, medication, supplements and possible blood products.
Pictures and results, as well as owner testimonials of recent surgical and/or pain management patients available.