Dr Rhys Hayward loves nothing more than a challenging orthopaedic (bones n’ joints) case and has been trained extensively in this area.
Whether it is repairing a fractured leg, fixing a luxating patella or diagnosing hip dysplasia in your puppy, we are happy to help!
One of the most common orthopaedic condition that requires surgery in our patients is cruciate disease. This is a very common condition affecting the knees (mainly in dogs) and often requires reconstructive surgery. The type of surgery required depends on the patient but in general it will do one of the following:
- Extracapsular repair (otherwise known as the DeAngelus technique) – For this surgery we create a synthetic cruciate ligament that takes over the function of the ligament that has been damaged. This surgery is the main option for small dogs.
- MMP (Modified Maquet Procedure) – Generally, this is a surgery for larger and more active patients. This procedure involves altering the angles of the bones of the stifle joint so that the cruciate ligament is no longer needed. The implant used is a porous titanium wedge which allows the bone to grow through it. This results in a very stable, long term solution.