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Grove Referrals offers a well established orthopaedic referral service for veterinary practices within East Anglia. Our team of experienced surgeons all have advanced training and qualifications in small animal orthopaedics and spinal surgery. With the availability of dedicated surgical facilities/equipment, advanced imaging (MRI, CT) and a highly motivated nursing team we can provide the best possible standards of care for every patient that we treat.

Referred cases will be seen for an initial detailed consultation and subsequent discussion of further treatment. Following consultation animals will usually be admitted for treatment, although in some cases investigations or advanced imaging (MRI or CT) may be scheduled for admission at a future date. Animals requiring surgery are usually hospitalised for 24-hours or until the attending clinician is satisfied with their recovery.

We deal with a wide variety of orthopaedic conditions in both the dog and cat, but the most commonly encountered problems are those of lameness and trauma. Cranial cruciate ligament injury and hip dysplasia are the most common cause of hind limb lameness in the dog and developmental elbow disease is primarily the cause of forelimb lameness in young retrievers. Trauma patients such as those involved in road traffic collisions, often present with fractures and extensive soft tissue injuries. We are fortunate that we have the expertise and facilities that enable us to provide a level of care that allows optimal management of such cases

Cranial cruciate ligament failure

Following diagnosis of cranial cruciate ligament failure, surgical treatment is recommended in order to restore functional stability to the stifle. Thus allowing early return of function and minimising progressive osteoarthritis.

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Fractures are a common injury usually following road traffic incidents and often in order to optimise outcome surgical stabilisation is usually necessary. Fractures of the long-bones usually result in an inability to weight bear, pain, swelling and discomfort. Radiographs are often necessary in to determine the exact location and configuration of the fracture.

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Joint replacement

Total hip replacement can now be performed in almost any size of animal with the introduction of the Micro hip kit which allows implantation of miniature prosthetics in small dogs and cats.

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Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique used to evaluate the joints of dogs and cats. Instrumentation involves the use of small fibre optic cameras, ranging in size from 1.9mm in diameter to 2.7mm in diameter. This enables us to investigate numerous joint conditions in the dog and to a lesser extent in the cat.

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Elbow disease (elbow dysplasia)

Elbow dysplasia is a common developmental condition of dogs leading to the abnormal development of the
elbow joint. Predisposition towards development of elbow dysplasia is inherited as a polygenic (multiple
genes) trait with the severity of abnormal joint development also influenced by environmental factors such as
exercise, growth rate and nutrition. Obesity will worsen the condition.

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