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Welcome to Pet Fracture and Neurosurgery Clinic –A speciality service in India for small animal orthopaedics and neurology consults, surgery and rehabilitation
Pet animal orthopaedics in India has been primarily confined to application of casts and splints and basic internal fixation techniques. Many orthopaedic problems were undiagnosed and untreated which eventually reflected in the poor quality of life of the animal. The results in animals subjected to conservative management procedures were poor in most cases and resulted in a dysfunctional limb. However, with Pet practice is developing rapidly in the last decade in our country, there has been a great interest and demand from pet owner for speciality orthopaedic and neurosurgery services.
The primary aim of fracture treatment is to restore anatomical shape of the fractured bone and to restore the full function of the affected limb. In 1958, a study group of Swiss surgeons formed the Association for the study of internal fixation (AO) and developed new techniques, devices and implants for treatment of fractures. In the late sixties, veterinarians adapted the principles of the internal fixation group, made modifications better suited to the needs of animals, carried out research, developed new and versatile equipment and implants to produce maximal stability of fracture with minimal reaction to facilitate
Early return of normal limb function compared to conservative therapy
Little or no pain at the fractured site compared to conservative therapy
No limb deformity or lameness compared to conservative therapy.
Thanks to these advancements there are now very few conditions that cannot be successfully treated. There are wide ranging options for all facets or orthopaedic issues ranging from fracture repair to joint surgery and spinal surgery
A variety of disease conditions affect the spinal cord resulting in severe neurological deficits, disability and paraplegia. The most common causes are fractures of the vertebrae, disc prolapse and degeneration of the spinal cord. Cases with acute spinal cord injury are unresponsive to medical management alone. The key to treating such cases is immediate medical stabilization followed by surgical intervention at the earliest. Dogs that are paraplegic for more than 72 hours at the time of surgery have a poorer chance of recovery than non paraplegic dogs and hence need to be rehabilitated and have a reasonable chance of being a functional pet. However, most often it is difficult to undertake such procedures as facilities for diagnosis and technical expertise for surgery is beyond the reach of most pet owners in our country. Also the fact that most cases are referred to the specialist beyond the ‘golden’ period makes it an unfavourable prognosis.
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