Skilled Surgery from Trained Experts
Dr. Philippe Coudrai has advanced training in orthopedic and dental surgeries. Performing more than 3,000 orthopedic surgeries, he brings expertise in procedures such as cruciate ligament repair, fractures, luxating patellas, and femoral head and neck surgeries. Dr. Coudrai is certified to take PennHip x-rays to detect hip dysplasia in puppies as young as 4 months of age and is a member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society.
Dr. Coudrai earned his master’s degree in biology and doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He has completed continuing education courses in the diagnosis, surgery, and rehabilitation of elbow, stifle and shoulder diseases in dogs. Through hands-on surgical wet labs taught by board-certified surgeons, Dr. Coudrai has developed his advanced skills in the application of plates and screws, external fixators, and interlocking nails for long bone fractures.
Dr. Sandra McBee was born in Oklahoma and raised in Oklahoma, New York City and Connecticut. From the time she was young Dr. McBee had a love of animals and science. She put the two together and decided to pursue veterinary medicine. She received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College. She then continued on to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University. She is USDA accredited and a member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association. She has a special interest in wellness care and truly enjoys watching her patients grow and thrive. Dr. McBee also has a special interest in Dentistry, pain management, and behavioral medicine.
When Your Best Friend Needs Orthopedic Surgery
Dogs and cats get orthopedic injuries just like people do. Athletic breeds and large or overweight dogs can be prone to orthopedic injuries. Broken bones, complex fractures and joint problems demand the expertise of an experienced doctor with sophisticated orthopedic instruments. Orthopedic surgery can significantly improve your pet’s quality of life.
Since 1996, our doctors have operated a non-boarded, orthopedic referral service serving southern New Jersey from Cape May to Burlington County. During the last 14 years, Dr. Coudrai has performed more than 2,500 orthopedic surgeries for 45 area hospitals including Winslow Animal Hospital.
Common Surgeries Include:
- All long bone fractures
- Anterior cruciate ligament repairs
- Medial and lateral patellar luxations
- Femoral head and neck excision
- Hock shearing injuries
- Internal repair for hip dislocation
- Sacroiliac luxations
- Pelvic fractures
- Maxillary and mandibular fractures
Making Surgery Safe and Comfortable
Winslow Animal Hospital uses the same state-of-the-art equipment found in many human hospitals. All surgery patients receive preanesthetic blood tests to check the health of organs, as well as an IV catheter and fluids for safety and hydration. Heated surgery tables, safe anesthetics, and careful monitoring help ensure that your best friend is comfortable. During surgery, we monitor your pet’s heart rhythm and rate, level of oxygen in the blood, blood pressure and temperature to ensure anesthetic safety.
In addition to sophisticated monitoring equipment, a certified veterinary technician provides a watchful eye and caring touch while assisting the doctor. When patients recover from surgery, they’re never alone. A veterinary technician checks vital signs every few minutes and comforts pets with warming devices, blankets, and hugs.
Providing Pain Relief for Orthopedic Patients
Pain management is a cornerstone of our surgeries, ensuring your pet’s comfort. At Winslow Animal Hospital Your pet will receive medication to relieve pain before, during and after orthopedic surgery. Patients continue taking pain relief drugs at home to improve healing and rehabilitation. Dr. Coudrai and Dr. McBee have been trained in the latest pain management techniques and seek ongoing continuing education.
Follow-Up Care After Surgery
Dr. Coudrai or Dr. McBee will thoroughly explain your pet’s orthopedic surgery and provide written home-care instructions. During medical progress exams following surgery, one of our doctors will check the healing process and your pet’s range of motion. You’ll learn home-care techniques to achieve the goals of physical rehabilitation. For bones to heal properly, recovery and rehabilitation after orthopedic surgery is typically 12 to 16 weeks for most patients. Many orthopedic surgeries, including all ACL surgeries, receive a minimum of 6 sessions with a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner trained in rehabilitation therapy on an aquatic treadmill to strengthen muscle mass.
Working with Your Referring Veterinarian
Dr. Coudrai and Dr. McBee work in partnership with your family veterinarian to provide orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation for your best friend. Your family veterinarian will receive a summary report about the surgery and needed follow-up care.
See our Orthopedic Surgery Brochure (click here) for more information.
To read more about a couple of success stories of orthopedic surgeries that we have performed at Winslow Animal Hospital you can read about Buster’s fracture repair and Merfy’s achilles tendon repair.
Heat, Massage & range-of-motion exercises to usse after orthopedic surgery or orthopedic injury. We heat the dog’s thigh muscles, above the knee. Three or four minutes of heat is going to be followed by massage. The muscle groups you want to concentrate on are the quads, down the front of her legs and the muscles that come down the back. Don’t massage over an incision if your dog is recovering from surgery. Use a deep, kneading-dough massage to help the muscles relax and to help your dog relax. Once you can feel the muscles relaxing, you can begin the range-of-motion exercises. Lift her leg and move her ankle toward her hip and her knee toward her chest to flex. Hold it for a few seconds where she just starts to resist a little bit, then relax it. After the flex, we extend the leg and hold for a few seconds, before returning to a flex and repeating the process a few times.
After the range-of-motion exercises, use a flexible ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables to ice the knee and control inflammation caused by the exercise. Use a damp towel to wrap the pack and hold it to the knee for ten minutes.
Have your dog lay on their side with the affected leg up. Apply a hot, damp rag over the hip area and along the muscles in the lumbar spine relax the muscles. Massage around the lumbar spine and on the muscles on the front and back of the thigh. If your pet has had surgery, do not massage over the incision. Follow massage with range-of-motion. Flex the hip by bringing the knee toward the chest just to the point they begin to resist, hold for a few seconds. Extend by pushing the leg back while supporting the pelvis with your other hand, just to the point where they begin to resist but they are still comfortable. Go back and forth between extension and flexion for the prescribed number of repetitions. After the range-of-motion exercises, wrap a damp towel around an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables and apply to the hip for about ten minutes.
Sit-to-Stand exercise works the quads and hamstrings of the hind legs. Start with your dog sitting in front of you. Take a step back and call your dog to you. You can give your dog treats intermittently or each time they sit to keep them interested.
The Figure 8 exercise. Start with your objects that you are walking around at a farther distance, then gradually bring them together for tighter circles as your dog progresses with their recovery. Lead your dog in figure 8’s, so that they do a circle to the right followed by a circle to the left.
This exercise is designed to work and stretch the muscles along the spine. Start with your legs on either side of your dog to keep them in place. Begin with a treat in front of your dog’s nose. Bring it to one side at about shoulder height, back to the middle, and then to the other side. After a few repetitions, lead your dog to reach farther back until you are able to work your way to the point your dog is able to take a dog cookie from their hip. During this exercise, try to minimize movement of your dog’s legs.