Orthopedic Procedures

The Future of Veterinary Orthopedics Has Arrived at Veterinary Specialty Center

VSC is one of the leaders in veterinary orthopedics in the United States. Our experienced surgical team continuously researches advanced techniques, implants, and procedures so we can provide the best treatment options for our patients. If your pet has an orthopedic issue, schedule an evaluation with one of our board-certified surgeons. He or she will discuss available diagnostic and treatment options with you, including both surgery and less invasive alternatives.

Advanced Diagnostics

Obtaining an accurate diagnosis can be challenging in a patient who is unable to verbalize where it hurts. Using a combination of orthopedic and neurologic examinations and a multitude of diagnostic tools improves our chances of finding the source of lameness. Some of the tools we have at our disposal include:

  • 64 Slice Computer Assisted Tomography (CAT scan)
  • 3 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Advanced digital radiography
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Video gait analysis
  • Diagnostic arthroscopy

Non-surgical options

Once a diagnosis is obtained, our orthopedic surgeons develop treatment options that focus on restoring function and improving performance. Although some conditions require surgical intervention, there are many that can be treated through less invasive means. Some of the treatment alternatives we have at our disposal include:

  • Regenerative medicine
    • Platelet-rich plasma therapy
    • Stem cell therapy
  • Rehabilitation therapy
  • Integrative therapy

Orthopedic surgical options

If surgery is your pet’s best option, our team will present a treatment plan that outlines the surgical procedure and recovery information. Our board-certified veterinary surgeons use advanced techniques and equipment. Some of the more common orthopedic issues our surgeons treat include:

  • Bone cancer
  • Cranial cruciate ligament injury
  • Developmental & juvenile disorders
    • Elbow dysplasia
    • Growth deformities
    • Hip dysplasia
  • Fractures & traumatic joint dislocations
  • Limb deformity correction
  • Medial shoulder instability
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Patella luxation
  • Shoulder disorders
  • Shoulder tendon injury
  • Traumatic tendon injury
  • Total Hip Replacement

Starting Monday, April 8th through the end of September, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will begin their road resurfacing project along Waukegan Road from Lake Cook Road to Half Day Road (IL 22). Please allow additional travel time to our hospital during the construction. Learn More: Waukegan Road Resurfacing Project