The Arkansas Veterinary Surgery Center offers orthopedic services on a referral basis for all small animals and exotic species.  Patients will continue follow up care with their referring veterinarian.

Some Orthopedic Procedures we perform include:

Dr. Mark Sharp, Arkansas Veterinary Surgery CenterNeurosurgical Procedures

Hemilaminectomy (Back repair, Disc repair) – Surgery to remove a section of bone over the spinal cord (hemilaminectomy), and to remove the herniated disc material in order to relieve the pressure on the cord.

Myelogram – The spinal cord is not visible on a normal x-ray. Therefore, a special dye must be injected into the spinal fluid. This dye outlines the spinal cord making it visible on x-ray. A myelogram is a very difficult and delicate diagnostic procedure to be performed by a specialist.

Cervical Ventral Slot – This procedure involves approaching the cervical vertabra through a slight incision underneath the neck to remove ruptured disc material and to relieve pressure to the spinal cord.

Spinal Fracture / Spinal Luxation – Spinal fractures are a fractured vertabra. Spinal luxations are a misalignment of the vertabra such as a collapsed vertabral disc. Procedures are variable depending on the condition of the injury.

Cerebral Spinal Fuid Tap (CSF) – A fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord found in an area called the subarachnoid space. Veterinarians collect a sample of this fluid to diagnose brain or spinal cord disease.   Detailed information and patient care instructions


Hip and Pelvic Surgery

Arkansas Veterinary Surgery CenterLuxating Patella Repair – This condition is most frequently congenital causing malformation of the stifle (knee) joint. Repair often includes increasing the depth of the Trochlear Groove and correcting the tension of the Medial and lateral ligaments.

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Femoral Head and Neck Osteotomy – This is a less costly procedure than a Complete Hip Replacement, but with good results.  If the procedure is one correctly, you can expect a smaller dog to perform almost normal.  Large breeds will have some signs of lameness butvery little evidence of pain.

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Pelvic Fracture Plating – Pelvis fractures are one of the most common injuries veterinarians see, usually caused by a major trauma incident such as being hit by a car. Pelvic fractures usually involve multiple breaks that may require pins or bone plates. The reasons for your local vet to refer you to a specialist surgeon would include: severe pain, involvement of the hip joint, breaks on the left and right sides and collapse of a segment of bone causing narrowing of the pelvis.

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Sacral Luxation Repair – A sacroiliac luxation, or dislocation, is when the sacrum is separated from the ilium, causing  instability of the sacroiliac joint.

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Cranial Cruciate Disease

Young wounded german shepherdTibial Tuberosity Advancement (TTA) – Repair of torn cranial cruciate ligament. A common veterinary orthopedic procedure to repair or stabilize the knee ligament.  Detailed information and patient care instructions

Tibial Plateau Level Osteotomy – (TPLO) TPLO surgery is performed on dogs who have torn their cranial cruciate ligament, also commonly referred to as the dog ACL.  Rather than reconstruction of the cruciate ligament.  TPLO is a procedure that bypasses the need for the anterior cruciate ligament.   Detailed information and patient care instructions.


Bone Fracture Repair

How to obtain bone fracture repair estimates.

Bone Plating – Bone plates are one of the strongest and most effective methods of fixing a fracture. They counteract bending, compression, twisting and pulling forces. A bone plate s a custom-molded piece of steel with holes for screws or bone pins which stabilize the plate to the bone.

External Fixation – External skeletal fixation is an effective method of fracture repair that is minimally invasive.
ESF is a device which secures the fracture fragments with pins fixed outside the body to a rigid frame.

Hybrid Fixation – Hybrid fixation is involves an ESF that uses a combination of both linear and circular fixations outside the body to stabilize the fracture.

Interlocking Nail – This is a procedure in which a large “pin” is modified to accept locking screws through the bone and nail both above and below the fracture. This provides very secure fixation with minimal tissue invasion.

Oral Acrylic Splints – Most often used in repairing a broken mandible (jawbone), Oral Acylic splints utilize a combination of wire and acrylic composite to provide stability to the fracture site without invading the bone and soft tissue.