Veterinary Surgery In Miami Fl

Providing Advanced Surgery for Patellar Luxation in Dogs in Miami, FL

Patellar luxation is one of the most common orthopedic conditions affecting dogs, particularly small dogs (though larger breeds can be affected as well). Treating severe patellar luxation in dogs requires a veterinary surgeon who is highly experienced in various orthopedic procedures. Cutting Edge Surgical Referrals is a mobile surgical practice that can provide a broad range of orthopedic surgeries in and around Miami-Dade County, including surgery to correct patellar luxation in dogs. We are well equipped to provide this and other complex veterinary surgeries, with the goal of improving the patient’s mobility and quality of life as much as possible.

What is a Luxating Patella?

Patellar luxation, also sometimes known as “floating patella” or “floating kneecap,” is a condition in which the patella, or kneecap, dislocates or moves out of its normal position. The kneecap is supposed to be situated in a groove, which keeps the joint stable. If the kneecap becomes dislocated, it can wear down the surrounding cartilage over time and cause arthritis of the joint. This becomes painful for the dog and may lead to further injury.

A luxating patella can be caused by a traumatic injury, but it can also be a congenital issue, which leads to poor development of the joint. Because patellar luxation can be due at least in part to genetics, breeding dogs with this condition is highly discouraged.

Signs of Patellar Luxation in Dogs

Symptoms of patellar luxation in dogs vary depending on severity (the condition is graded on a scale of I to IV). Subtle signs may be discovered during a pet’s routine wellness visit, or there could be more noticeable signs, like lameness and holding up the limb affected.

Other signs may include carrying the affected limb up for just a few steps or shaking and/or extending the limb for a moment before returning to full use of the limb.

Without intervention, patellar luxation will only get worse and continue to limit the dog’s mobility and overall quality of life.

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How We Can Treat Patellar Luxation in Dogs

Minor cases of patellar luxation may not require surgery, but if the kneecap needs to be manipulated to return to its normal position, orthopedic surgery might be necessary. A thorough examination and X-rays (and possible CT scan) are needed to determine whether surgery is the best option.

There are several ways to correct patellar luxation with surgery, including creating a deeper femoral groove so the kneecap is more secure and less likely to slip out of place. Soft-tissue reconstruction around the kneecap may also be necessary to prevent the kneecap from sliding.

For more information about patellar luxation surgery for dogs, contact us today or refer a patient for consultation.