Orthopedic Surgery

Welcome to the University of Florida Small Animal Hospital. UF offers some of the most advanced diagnostic and innovative surgical facilities in the Southeastern United States. Most pets undergoing veterinary surgery at the Small Animal Hospital have procedures that require specialized training and state-of-the-art technology. Faculty surgeons have completed advanced training in small animal surgery and are specialists. Our residents are graduate veterinarians selected from an international pool of outstanding candidates that have completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery and are in the process of completing their advanced training in small animal surgery.

It is important that you understand the complexity of both your pet’s problem and the surgical procedure that is to be performed. We will make every attempt to explain your pet’s condition to you as well as the benefits and risks involved with the proposed surgical procedure recommended to treat your pet’s problem. Here are a few things to consider:

Animals undergoing orthopedic procedures require general anesthesia. While our board-certified anesthesia faculty, staff and equipment make the Small Animal Hospital one of the safest places for your pet to have anesthesia, we never underestimate the seriousness of any anesthetic episode.

Due to the complexity of  the surgical procedures that we perform, postoperative complications may occur. These complications could require extended hospitalization and additional diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. We will try to discuss common potential complications with you prior to surgery; however, it is impossible to anticipate every complication associated with any surgical procedure.

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Total Ankle Replacement

New surgical treatment for severe ankle (hock) arthritis. We now offer a surgical total ankle replacement in dogs with disabling arthritis of the hock.  Previous standard treatments such as joint injections or oral medications are often ineffective so this surgical option promises to offer relief to affected dogs.  Please have your veterinarian call our Small Animal Hospital at (352) 392-2235 to see if your pet could benefit from this treatment.

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