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Luxating Patella – Regular and Lateral

Surgical Procedure

The patella or knee-cap lies in a cartilaginous groove at the front of the knee joint and assists the joint with leg extension. A luxating patella is one that floats or moves out of the normal position in the groove. Many small dogs have luxating patella, however, it is often not severe enough to cause more than a mild discomfort. However, in severe cases, luxating patella can cause extreme pain and discomfort.

The procedure can be corrected by reshaping the groove surrounding the patella so that it makes a proper fit thus restoring mobility and reducing or even eliminating pain. Your pet’s quality of life can be restored.

Process overview

Pre-Surgery Preparations

All procedures require pre-operational bloodwork. Food and water is restricted 8 to 12 hours prior to surgery to prevent possible aspiration due to vomiting. Depending on the case and procedure, additional diagnostic tests may be required for example EKG, Xray, or ultrasound. We may also recommend an anesthesia specialist if necessary to oversee the anesthesia and health monitoring of your pet.

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During Surgery

Your pet will given a sedative to facilitiate preparation of the surgical site and placement of IV cather. The next step is to provide oxygen, fluids, and thermal support. All medical equipment or apparatus will then be connected so as to monitor your pet's vital signs. Your pet is then anesthetized (induced) and appropriate pain management (epidural, local anesthetic, constant rate infusion/CRI) is administered as needed. We will continue to regulate and monitor your pet throughout the procedure.

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Immediately following the procedure, we continue to administer fluids and observe your pet for a few hours until your pet is fully awake. Discharge instructions will be provided during which all your post-op questions will be answered by the doctor and your pet is able to go home to start his/her recovery process. Follow-up post-operative exams and post-operation pain medication is provided.

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