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Orthopaedics

Our Services:

  • Radiography for early diagnosis of hip and elbow dysplasia
  • Arthroscopic treatment of joint diseases
  • Surgical treatment of anterior cruciate ligament injury
  • Surgical treatment of patellar dislocation
  • Treatment of the ununited anconeal process (UAP)
  • Treatment of the fragmented medial coronoid process (FCP)
  • Hip dysplasia surgery
  • Trauma surgery for fractures through osteosynthesis with external and internal fixation, and cutting-edge fixed-angle systems (bridging-plates)
  • Treatment of muscle, ligament and tendon damages
  • Advanced medical treatments for acute and chronic pain in orthopaedic patients
  • Postoperative medical care 24/7


Preventive medicine
The most common joint diseases in veterinary clinical practice are congenital or hereditary anatomical changes, especially in specific breeds, if recognised and treated early, prevent chronic pain and ongoing care, improving quality of life. In these cases, we recommend performing an orthopaedic examination during the first few months of life. This will help to program preventive diagnostic interventions or surgeries in a timely manner.

Minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques
Arthroscopy is the most used technique to diagnose and treat many joint disorders in dogs. Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery and results in fewer postoperative problems and accelerated healing.
By optimising visibility through magnification of the surgical area and intense illumination of the joint in its liquid, surgeons have considerably improved the diagnosis and treatment of partial tears of the cruciate ligament, meniscus ruptures, shoulder ligament and tendon injuries, and elbow dysplasia such as FMCP, UAP, and OCD.

TPLO - Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy
It is a surgical technique used in dogs to repair the cruciate ligament. The procedure involves performing a tibial osteotomy using an oscillating saw, rotating the tibial plateau, and stabilising it with a bone plate in a new position.
This technique is revolutionary for treating patients with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Unlike traditional methods that involve repair or replacement, this technique corrects the biomechanical forces acting on the joint during various types of movement. By doing so, it eliminates the forces that tend to generate a cranial tibial translation.

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Loco-regional anaesthesia techniques
Loco-regional anaesthesia techniques make the area of the surgery fully and temporarily insensitive, significantly improving pain control and functional recovery in the postoperative phase.
In veterinary medicine, these techniques cannot be used on a conscious animal but must be associated with general anaesthesia. However, they allow for a reduction in the depth of anaesthesia, reducing the risks and achieving optimal pain control by limiting traditional painkillers' doses and side effects.
These techniques require a tool called 'neurostimulator'. It uses special needles to locate only the nerves that need to be blocked and inoculates small amounts of local anaesthetic near the nerve. Neuromuscular blockers are commonly used in orthopaedic procedures, while loco-regional anaesthetic techniques control pain in other surgeries.

Management of the poly traumatised patient
Animals that are victims of hit and run, severe bite wounds or have fallen from height, frequently show injuries affecting several systems and require multidisciplinary medical and surgical treatment. This is only possible in a facility where several professionals work together with the intensive care unit to ensure the best results.
Teamwork is the flagship of Ticino Animal Hospital's activity.

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Supervisor Veterinary

Doc. Vet.
PAVANELLI MASSIMO
Orthopedics and traumatology

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