Minimally Invasive Fracture Repair in Dogs and Cats


Minimally Invasive Plate Osteosynthesis (MIPO) is a state-of-the-art surgical technique used for the stabilization of fractures in dogs and cats. This method combines the benefits of surgical fracture repair with the principles of minimally invasive surgery, offering a faster recovery and reduced post-operative discomfort.

Why This Surgery?

Fractures can severely affect your pet's mobility and quality of life. Traditional open surgery for fracture repair often involves significant soft tissue dissection to expose the fracture site. MIPO, on the other hand, minimizes this dissection, which can lead to quicker healing times, less post-operative pain, and a lower risk of infection.

Why Perform Surgery at Allied Veterinary Service?

  • Specialized Expertise: Our board-certified surgeons are trained in advanced orthopedic techniques, including MIPO.
  • Advanced Pain Management: We employ the latest in pain control to ensure a comfortable recovery for your pet.
  • Personalized Care: From the initial consultation to post-operative recovery, our dedicated team provides compassionate, individualized care tailored to your pet's needs.

What Does the Surgery Involve?

MIPO involves the careful alignment of the fracture through small incisions without directly exposing the fracture site. Specialized instruments are used to place a metal plate beneath the skin and muscle, which is then secured to the bone with screws, stabilizing the fracture while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissues.

Benefits of Surgery:

  • Rapid Recovery: MIPO facilitates faster healing compared to traditional methods, allowing pets to return to normal activity sooner.
  • Reduced Complications: The minimally invasive approach decreases the risk of infection and promotes quicker soft tissue healing.
  • Preservation of Blood Supply: By avoiding direct exposure of the fracture, MIPO preserves the bone's blood supply, enhancing bone healing.

Risks and Complications:

While MIPO is generally safe, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks:

  • Anesthetic Risks: Monitored closely by our veterinary anesthesiologists.
  • Infection: Although less common due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure.
  • Implant Failure: Rare, but possible, necessitating close post-operative monitoring.

Recovery and Aftercare:

  • Restricted Activity: Your pet should have limited activity, especially during the initial weeks post-surgery.
  • Pain Management: We will provide pain relief medications to ensure your pet's comfort during recovery.
  • Follow-up Visits: Essential for monitoring the healing process and the success of the implant.

Cost Considerations:

A detailed estimate, including the surgery, anesthesia, hospital stay, follow-up care, and any necessary medications, will be provided during your consultation.

Final Thoughts:

Opting for MIPO signifies choosing an advanced, less invasive treatment option for your pet's fracture. At Allied Veterinary Service, we are committed to employing the latest surgical techniques to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Legal Disclaimer:

This pamphlet is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional veterinary advice. Treatment outcomes vary among individuals. 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