Arthrodesis Surgery for Dogs and Cats


Arthrodesis, also known as joint fusion surgery, is a surgical procedure used to alleviate pain and improve function in dogs and cats suffering from severe joint problems. This operation is recommended for pets with irreversible joint disease, significant arthritis, or instability that cannot be managed through conservative treatments.

Why This Surgery?

Arthrodesis is often considered for pets with chronic pain and mobility issues due to conditions like severe arthritis, joint deformities, or injuries that cannot be corrected by other surgical means. This procedure can provide a permanent solution to relieve pain and improve the quality of life.

Why Perform Surgery at Allied Veterinary Service?

Our surgeons have undergone rigorous residency training in small animal orthopedic, soft tissue and minimally invasive surgery. 
Patients receiving this procedure typically receive spinal blocks and/or regional pain blocks to ensure the best experience possible for your beloved pet.  
Our doctors will care for your pet 24/7 before and after your pet’s surgery and tailor treatment according to the patient’s needs. 

What Does the Surgery Involve?

Arthrodesis involves the surgical fusion of the affected joint. The procedure removes any remaining cartilage, aligns the bones into a functional position, and uses implants (such as plates, screws, or pins) to stabilize the joint until bone fusion occurs. This results in a permanent fixation of the joint in a pain-free position.

Benefits of Surgery:

Pain Reduction: Significantly decreases or eliminates the chronic pain associated with the condition.
Improved Mobility: While the joint's range of motion will be reduced, overall mobility improves as pain is alleviated.
Enhanced Quality of Life: Pets often return to a more active lifestyle post-surgery.

Risks and Complications:

Surgical Risks: Includes the usual risks of anesthesia, infection, and bleeding.
Nonunion: In some cases, the bones may not fuse completely, requiring additional intervention.
Implant Failure: There is a small risk of implants breaking or becoming loose, which may necessitate further surgery.

Recovery and Aftercare:

Rehabilitation: Physical therapy is a crucial part of the recovery process, helping to strengthen the muscles around the fused joint.
Pain Management: Post-operative pain relief medications will be provided to manage discomfort during the healing phase.
Activity Restriction: Limited movement and controlled exercise are recommended during the initial recovery period to ensure proper healing.

Cost Considerations:

We provide a comprehensive estimate covering the surgery, hospital stay, follow-up visits, pain management, and rehabilitation therapy.

Final Thoughts:

Choosing arthrodesis for your pet is a decision aimed at enhancing their comfort and mobility. At Allied Veterinary Service, we're committed to supporting you and your pet throughout this journey, ensuring you receive all the information and assistance needed for a successful outcome.

Legal Disclaimer:

This information serves as a general guide and should not replace professional veterinary advice. Treatment outcomes can vary. Consult with your veterinarian to determine the most appropriate treatment for your pet.

Contact Us:

Allied Veterinary Service - Emergency and Referral
8301 93rd Ave N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
(763) 463-9800
Open 24 hours

Feel free to reach out with any questions or to schedule a consultation. Our team is here to provide the care and support your pet needs.