At All Creature Features Animal Hospital, our doctors are trained to offer services in several speciality areas. Because of our advanced training many procedures and tests can be performed in house that might otherwise have to be referred, saving both money and time.
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA)
Tibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA), is one of the newest and most successful surgeries for the correction of a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (CCL, sometimes referred to as ACL) in dogs. A rupture or even partial tear of the CCL can cause major instability in the knee (cranial tibial thrust) resulting in degenerative joint disease and pain. During the TTA procedure, the tibial tuberosity is cut and advanced forward to bring the patellar ligament to a 90° angle to the tibial plateau. This stabilizes the joint by reducing cranial tibial thrust as well as internal tibial rotation. With the TTA procedure, the bone cut is made on the non-weight bearing portion of the tibia resulting in a lesser chance of postoperative complications and a quicker return to normal weight bearing. Dr. Dorroh has studied and been trained in the TTA procedure and considers it to currently be the best procedure for treatment of anterior cruciate tears.
Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery or keyhole surgery, is on the forefront of veterinary medicine. It is primarily known and chosen for its benefits in pain reduction and faster recovery times. In laparoscopic surgery, a rigid scope is inserted into the abdomen. The scope features a camera and a light source connected to a monitor. CO2 gas is then used to inflate the abdomen to improve visibility and increase work space. All of this is done through 5mm and 10mm ports (incisions less than 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch respectively). Some of the advantages of laparoscopic surgery include: less pain, shorter recovery time, less chance of infection, less scar tissue, and better operative visibility for surgeons. Some of the more common laparoscopic procedures that are offered by All Creature Features are: spay for cats and dogs, cryptorchidectomy (neuter for a male animal that has not dropped one or more of his testicles), organ biopsy, abdominal exploratory, bladder stone removal, ovarian remnant removal, and gastropexy (which is a procedure to prevent gastric volvulus in breeds that have problems with bloat).
Diagnostic ultrasound is accomplished through the use of high frequency sound waves to create and view images of the body’s internal organs. It is often a preferred method of examination for it’s painless effects on the pet and the safety reasons such as the lack of ionizing radiation that is found in x-rays. Not only can the images provide important information on the structure of the internal organs, but on the blood flow as well. Images produced with ultrasound technology can provide the veterinarian the information necessary to make the best diagnosis and can ensure you and your pet receive the best care.