Patients undergoing orthopedic surgery should pay attention to the following:
Keep the patient within a small area, usually in a cage or as directed by the veterinary surgeon, until the surgeon determines that he can jump or walk around.
If bandages or tapes are present, keep them clean and dry. The dressing usually needs to be changed every 7-10 days. Prevent the animal from licking or chewing on the dressing or surgical site.
Infection of the surgical site or implant surgery is a major concern of orthopedic surgery. Please be aware of redness, discharge, or rupture of the wound close to the surgical site. Dental diseases (such as severe) can contribute to infection during implant surgery.
Some swelling caused by surgical trauma is acceptable. Excessive swelling, redness, pain or secretion should be reported to the veterinarian as soon as possible.
Implants can become loose over time, and if they cannot perform their functions or cause problems, they may need to be removed or replaced at some point.
If it is sufficiently weakened, the implant may break. If your pet has been using limbs well and then suddenly stops, you should report it to your surgical veterinarian immediately.
In order to prevent muscle atrophy or skeletal weakness due to the discontinuation of a limb after the operation, it is recommended to use the operated leg earlier after the operation. It is usually recommended to do some physical therapy and passive range exercise exercises, and do not encourage some normal exercises. Please consult your surgical veterinarian for the best exercise plan for your individual pet's needs.
Before and after surgery and when the bone is healing, it is recommended that your pet adopt a balanced and high-quality animal menu.
Your surgical veterinarian will usually prescribe medications to help control inflammation, swelling, and pain caused by surgery. Surgery veterinarians sometimes prescribe antibiotics and certain medications that must be followed until completed. If you find any obvious side effects, you should report it to your surgical veterinarian as soon as possible. Any sudden changes in the surgical site or concerns such as vomiting or diarrhea should be reported to your surgical veterinarian as soon as possible.