Surgery

At Southampton Pet Hospital we understand that surgery can be a stressful time for both you and your pet, whether it’s a routine procedure or something more complex. Our caring, professional staff wants to put you both at ease and make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. We use only the most advanced surgical protocols and work hard to deliver the best available surgical care while always keeping your pet’s safety and comfort in mind.

In our state-of-the-art surgical suite, we perform a variety of general and specialized procedures and employ blood pressure, heart and breathing monitors, intravenous fluids and comprehensive pain control with each and every procedure. All patients are carefully monitored by our highly skilled staff, before, during and after surgery to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. Following surgery, we’ll also work with you to develop and implement an appropriate pain management plan to help your pet recover comfortably.

In addition to general surgery, we also perform the following advanced procedures:

Endoscopy

We use our veterinary endoscope to remove foreign bodies from the throat or stomach and to biopsy the stomach and intestines for diagnostic purposes.

Cryosurgery

This technique is used to correct abnormal eyelashes and for the removal of small lumps.

Bone Plating

We stock bone plating equipment in three different size systems that enable us to repair fractures from toy breed dogs and cats to giant breed dogs.

Cruciate Ligament Surgery

We use an external stabilization system to repair anterior cruciate ruptures, a common knee injury in dogs and occasionally cats.

TTA – Tibial Tuberosity Advancement

This procedure is used to stabilize torn cruciate ligaments. It works by changing the angles of force within the knee. It is ideal for large athletic dogs and is preferable because it has fewer complications and faster recovery than the previous recommendation (TPLO).

See below for more detail on Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture and TTAs

What is a cranial cruciate ligament rupture?

The cranial cruciate ligament (CCL) is a ligament in the knee (aka stifle joint) which is in charge of stabilizing the joint.  The CCL is responsible for preventing back-and-forth motion of the tibia, a large bone in the leg located below the knee – without it, a dog would be unable to bear weight on his/her hind limbs.  Dogs will often have partial or complete tears of this ligament from chronic abnormal forces on the joint, but the disease often manifests itself as a more acute, traumatic injury.  This injury is somewhat analogous to the injury human athletes sustain when they tear their “ACL” ligament.

My veterinarian has diagnosed a CCL tear in my dog – now what?

Surgical treatment is the gold standard of therapy for almost all patients with this type of injury and it allows for the quickest recovery time and best results.  There are a multitude of different surgical options available, but the three most commonly employed surgical approaches are as follows:
i.) Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
ii.) Tibeal Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO)
iii.) Extracapsular Repair (Ex-Cap)

What is involved in a TTA surgery?

TTA surgery is aimed at manipulating parts of the tibia so that the normal action of the CCL is replicated.  This involves advancing part of the bone forward and holding it in place with a titanium surgical implant.  With the bone repositioned, the patient is able to bear weight on the now stabilized joint.  Dogs are expected to regain some function of the leg within the first 24-48 hours following surgery but full recovery may take up to 6-8 weeks.

What is a TTA-2 surgery?

The most recent advancement in TTA surgery is known as a TTA-2 procedure.  The new and improved surgical implant is a less bulky design which has been streamlined to sit within the bone as opposed to outside of it.  This means no large bone plates or screws, less risk of infection/complications, shorter surgery time, and faster recovery.

For a full overview of this condition and its treatment, please visit the KYONTM Veterinary Surgery website here:

http://www.kyon.ch/for-pet-owners/tta-surgery

For more information on the new TTA-2 surgical innovation and a link to a video overview of the procedure, please visit the link below:

http://www.kyon.ch/current-products/tibial-tuberosity-advancement-tta/tta-2-development-technique

KYONTM is a trusted supplier of all our veterinary surgical implant and instruments.  Their products are endorsed by Dr. Jeff Berry as well as many DACVS board-certified veterinary surgeons across North America.  They provide high quality products which are custom sized to allow for the most effective surgical implant for each individual patient.