Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery refers to bone surgery. There are many different situations where bone surgery may be necessary including leg fractures, hip dysplasia, disc disease, etc. Most orthopedic surgeries can be performed at our clinic. Occasionally we refer our patients to a Board Certified surgeon to perform back surgery and other very complex surgeries.

Leg fractures are the most common orthopedic problem presented at our clinic and usually result from a mishap with an automobile. They can be treated in a variety of ways depending on the location and type of fracture.

A cast can be applied to the leg to treat certain fractures; however, many fractures will require surgical intervention.

“Pinning” is a surgical technique whereby a long stainless steal rod is inserted into the middle of the bone. The rod traverses the fractured area.

“Plating” is a surgical technique whereby a flat stainless steal ‘plate’ is attached to the bone using screws on either side of the fracture.

“External fixation” is a technique used to stabilize fractures with a series of pins on the outside of the leg that pass through the skin and into the bone on either side of the fracture.

The method of repair will depend on the location and type of fracture present. We hope you do not have to use orthopedic services for this purpose. In the unfortunate event that you do some orthopedic procedure can be performed in the clinic. Sometimes the veterinarian will refer you to a specialist who specializes in these areas.

Job Application

We are always accepting job applications. If we do not have a position available at this time we will keep your information on file for future reference.

Please send your information and resume to pah@pinellasvet.com

Location Hours
Monday7:00am – 7:00pm
Tuesday7:00am – 6:00pm
Wednesday7:00am – 7:00pm
Thursday7:00am – 6:00pm
Friday7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday8:00am – 12:00pm
SundayClosed

After normal business hours our answering service will direct you to the veterinarian on call or the nearest available emergency clinic. Animal Emergency Clinic of St Petersburg: 727-323-1311