Orthopedic & Spinal Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery

Campus Commons Pet Hospital is renown in Sacramento and throughout the entire Northern California region as a leading specialist in orthopedic surgery and spinal surgeries, such as TPLO, TPO, FHO and JPS surgery.

Our primary surgeon, Dr. Robert Richardson, has been performing these specialized surgeries for over 35 years and has some of the finest, most consistent outcomes of healing difficult orthopedic conditions. Dr. Richardson is an enthusiastic and progressive doctor when it comes to state-of-the-art orthopedics and spinal surgery techniques.

In addition to having a veterinary team of leading experts, Campus Commons Pet Hospital offers same-day orthopedic surgery for pets – meaning if you make your first consultation appointment with the idea that you might want surgery for your pet that same day, we can accommodate you, pending appointment availability.

TPLO Surgery

TPLO, or Tibial-Plateau-Leveling Osteotomy, is a surgery performed on dogs to stabilize the stifle joint after a rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament, analogous to the ACL in humans and sometimes colloquially called the same. In the vast majority of dogs, the ligament ruptures as a result of long-term degeneration, whereby the fibers within the ligament weaken over time. We do not know the precise cause of this, but genetic factors are often a cause, with certain breeds being predisposed, including Labradors, Rottweilers, Boxers, West Highland White Terriers and Newfoundlands. We can say from our 35 years of experience, our finest and most consistent outcomes of healing cranial cruciate ligament ruptures is through TPLO surgery. >Read More.

TPO Surgery

In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that causes looseness of the hip joint, and in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. This genetic condition is often seen in larger breed dogs. Early stage hip dysplasia can be diagnosed before six months of age, while late stage is often apparent as early as one year of age. Triple Pelvic Osteotomy, or TPO, is a surgery performed in early stage hip dysplasia, thus preventing the development of potentially debilitating late stage dysplasia and arthritis. Most dogs undergoing this procedure are close to six months of age. If left untreated, arthritis is typically apparent by one year of age. Once arthritis is apparent, TPO surgery can no longer be performed. >Read More.

FHO Surgery

A Femoral Head Ostectomy is a surgical procedure for dogs and some cats to alleviate hip pain. It is a salvage procedure, reserved for conditions where pain cannot be alleviated in any other way. FHO surgery can be performed for extremely painful hip dysplasia and arthritis, in cases of trauma and pelvic fractures where the head of the femur is badly broken, or in response to other diseases of the hip bone. FHO surgery is often the procedure of last resort when other methods have failed, but it can have excellent functional outcomes. It results in a comfortable but slightly shorter leg, but a lifetime of much less pain for the animal. >Read More.

JPS Surgery

JPS surgery, or Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis, is also for young dogs with hip dysplasia. It is a relatively simple surgical procedure that manipulates the way the pelvis grows to create a tighter hip. It involves cauterizing the growth plates of the pelvis, which would usually grow and spread in puppyhood. To compensate, the rest of the dog’s pelvis grows outward, in a manner which enhances the socket of the hip and provides better support than the dog would have had naturally. Since it relies on growth in puppyhood, there is a very tight window for JPS surgery — currently no sooner than about four months and no later than about five months. >Read More.

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