What is the Pelvic Fracture Plating procedure?

Fractures of the pelvis that involve the hip joint need to be corrected by the use of stainless steel plates and bone screws. Pelvic fractures frequently involve several fracture sites and it is imperative that there is good reduction of the fractures and very secure stabilization of all sites. Poor alignment of the various fracture sites can result in the animal having persistent pain and poor mobility. The Ilium and Sacroiliac joint are frequently involved and must be stabilized.

What are the indications for surgery?

Surgery is indicated whenever there are multiple fractures, separation of the pubic symphysis or both sacroiliac joints are detached.

How long will my pet be in the hospital?

The hospital time can vary greatly depending on the number and location of the fractured sites, the severity of associated trauma, the size and general condition of the animal and the pain tolerance of the animal.

What is the prognosis following surgery?

A fractured pelvis is a very serious condition and you should not expect the patient to be ready to go home immediately after surgery.  With proper post surgical care the prognosis is generally quite good.

What post-operative care is required after surgery?

Home patient care after orthopedic surgery is critical to the success of the surgery.  Allowing your pet too much activity may alter the anticipated outcome of the surgery.  Your pet should be confined to a small area to prevent any running, jumping or standing up on hind legs. The first few days are extremely critical to bring about an uneventful successful healing.

What are the complications or risks associated with this surgery?

Complications after surgery may include break down of the repair (due to lack of exercise restriction), nerve damage, poor bladder control, and fecal incontinence.

Are any follow-up appointments required during the post-operative period?

This can vary greatly, but most patients should have at least one visit to your veterinarian to see that the incision site is healing properly and that there are no signs of abnormal gate or difficulty getting up and down.