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This surgery is to fix a fractured limb, most commonly the radius, tibia and femur are the ones that need to be plated. During surgery the bone is put back into place, depending on severe the break is, and is bridged together with a metal plate and screws. After surgery your pet will be put into a splint to help them keep their leg from moving during the healing process. That splint has to stay on for 5 to 6 weeks with limited activity. Once those weeks are finished we recommend scheduling an appointment to get a radiograph (x-ray) to see how well the bone is healing. Once the time comes to get the splint off, your pet will still has to limit their activity for another 2 to 3 weeks. We offer an option of laser therapy to help your pet with a faster healing process.
Recovery: Typical recovery, as long as the animal isn’t too active during the healing process, is about 5-6 weeks.
Risks: Like any surgical procedure, there is associated risk with anesthesia and surgery itself, but the overall incidence of complications is very low. Before the procedure, your pet is given a thorough physical examination to ensure that she is in good health. General anesthesia is administered to perform the surgery and medications are given to minimize pain. You will be asked to keep your pet calm and quiet for a few days after surgery as the incision begins to heal.
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