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Our orthopaedic referral team offer a range of surgical treatments for musculoskeletal conditions. Orthopaedics focuses on disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

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Here are examples of what our Surgical Orthopaedic referral team offers:

  1. Orthopaedic Diagnosis: 
    • Conduct thorough orthopaedic examinations to assess the musculoskeletal system. 
    • Utilise imaging techniques such as X-rays and CT scans available onsite to diagnose conditions affecting bones and joints. 
    • Interpret diagnostic images and laboratory results to formulate a precise diagnosis. 
  1. Fracture Repair:
    • Perform surgical procedures to repair fractures, ranging from simple to complex fractures. 
    • Use various fixation methods such as pins, plates, screws, and external fixation devices to stabilise fractures and promote healing. 
  1. Joint Surgery:
    • Address conditions affecting joints, including elbow dysplasia, OCD lesions, osteoarthritis, and septic arthritis. 
    • Perform joint surgeries, such as arthroscopy and joint stabilisation. 
  1. Soft Tissue Surgery:
    • Address soft tissue injuries and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system, including torn ligaments, commonly TPLOs for cruciate ligament tears, patella luxation & instability and other tendon injuries. 
    • Perform procedures such as tendon and ligament repair, joint capsule stabilisation, and muscle surgery. 
  1. Limb Salvage Surgery:
    • Evaluate and treat conditions that may threaten the viability of a limb. 
    • Perform limb salvage surgeries to preserve function while addressing severe orthopaedic issues. 
  1. Pain Management:
    • Develop comprehensive pain management plans for pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative periods. 
    • Utilise a combination of medications, physical therapy, and other modalities to ensure the animal's comfort and well-being. 
  1. Rehabilitation:
    • Collaborate with the rehabilitation theory team, either onsite at Brentknoll or at an external referral rehabilitation centre of your choice, to create post-surgical rehabilitation plans. 
    • Support ongoing monitoring of each patient's progress and adjust rehabilitation protocols as needed. 
  1. Collaboration and Communication:
    • Provide referral reports with a logical and clear explanation of Surgical treatment performed, post-operative recovery plan, expected follow-ups & outcomes.  
    • Collaborate with internal & external referral teams and our primary care practitioners for a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. 

Onsite facilities include: 

  • HD Laparoscopic video & kit suitable to perform spays from 3.5kg   
  • HD video Flexible Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy, Ridged rhinoscopy & arthroscopy 
  • A full orthopaedic kit is on site featuring the latest BioMedtrix curved TPLO bone plates with HyProtect antimicrobial coating. BioMedtrix plates offer a novel curved design which conforms to the natural shape of the tibia, compared to standard straight plates, for improved results & recovery.  
  • Advance Ultrasound Machine (MylabX7VET) with touch-screen display 
  • Phillips IE 33 Colour Doppler ultrasound 1-12MHz probes. NHS standard  
  • 6-channel portable ECG  
  • Holter Monitors for 24-48 hour ECG Monitoring 
  • Doppler and oscillometric blood pressure monitoring 
  • CT Toshiba 64 slice with onsite Diagnostic imager 
  • Rehabilitation Centre with onsite chiropractic, hydrotherapy, underwater incline Treadmill & Class VI laser unit  
  • Regenerative medicine. We have the only veterinary-approved Companion Regenerative Therapies (CRT) System, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC). 
  • Separate cat, dog & exotic hospitalisation wards for overnight care of weekday patients 

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What to expect from a Referral:

After receiving a referral request from the referring vet (either by email, fax or phone), our referral nurse will ensure we have the relevant history, referral letter and client information. We will then contact the client directly to arrange a suitable appointment time. 

Referrals begin with a 30-minute appointment to fully examine the patient and discuss treatment plans thoroughly with the pet owner. A detailed Referral report, including findings, results and treatment recommendations, will be sent via email to your Primary Care Provider. The report is then discussed with you via your Primary Care Provider.  

If follow-up procedures are required with ourselves, we will advise your Primary Care Provider of this within your pet's reports. If you would like a copy of the report, this can be requested from us or your primary care provider. 

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To arrange a referral at Brentknoll Veterinary Centre, please complete our online referral form below or call us at 01905 355938. We look forward to meeting you and your pet!

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