Orthopaedic Surgery

The experienced veterinarians at Tableland Veterinary Service perform many orthopaedic surgeries. Kay Eccleshare is highly trained and also lectures veterinary students at James Cook University. She has been a part of TVS for over 20 years. She operates in Atherton and at James Cook University, supports and trains our younger veterinarians and is available for second opinions and referrals from other veterinary clinics.

Yolanda Angel has been with Tableland Veterinary Service since 2006 and has trained under Kay Eccleshare and performs many of the orthopaedic surgeries in Atherton along with Kay.

Depending on the complexity of surgery required, our other veterinarians are also able to assist and perform orthopaedic surgery. Denise Wilson performs small animal surgery in Charters Towers and also works one day per week at James Cook University. Saint Clair Hayes, works with Denise in Charters Towers and also worked with Kay Eccleshare in Atherton for two years, prior to moving to our Charters Towers practice.

What is orthopaedic surgery?
Orthopaedic surgery relates to your pet’s bones. Commonly our suburb vets perform orthopaedic surgeries to repair broken bones or correct defects such as luxating patella and ruptured cruciate ligaments in dogs.

If your pet requires orthopaedic surgery our friendly staff will explain to you exactly what’s involved and what you’ll need to do, but here are the basics.

In the morning
The pet will be admitted into our surgical ward in the morning. You can accompany your pet to help them settle in and our dedicated staff will be on hand to care for your pet. We’ll do a pre-anaesthetic exam, and usually sedate your pet a few hours before the surgery is scheduled.

During surgery
General anaesthesia will be administered by our expert surgeon, and surgery is performed under close observation from the team of experienced nursing staff. Blood pressure, breathing rate and blood oxygen levels are monitored while our expert surgeon carries out the operation. We continue to monitor the pet during the recovery stage and they will be clean, dry, warm and settled in our state of the art suburb vet practice.

What then?
In most cases pets are able to return home once they are awake, walking, and have their pain under control. If there are any concerns about a pet’s recovery we may keep them overnight for observation – your pet’s health is our top priority. Once your pet has returned home Vet Name will provide you with comprehensive post-surgery care instructions.

If you’re worried about your pet’s health, contact your nearest Tableland Veterinary Service clinic today.