TATE ELBOW™ Replacement Surgery In Idaho

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The elbow joint in dogs is just as complex as it is in humans. A canine elbow joint is made up of three bones that support the overall integrity of the joint, contributing to its movement, function, and complicated structure. Large breed dogs are especially prone to elbow joint issues and injuries, particularly younger dogs who are highly active. The trouble with canine elbow injuries is that if they go untreated, osteoarthritis and severe elbow dysplasia can develop in the joint, causing pain, inflammation, limited range of motion, and decreased function. As a result, your canine companion may not be able to move comfortably when playing, running, or even walking.

Dr. Acker teamed up with the folks at BioMedtrix to develop a new, less invasive, and highly effective approach to repairing damage to canine elbow joints. The TATE Elbow™ is a groundbreaking procedure in which a prosthetic replaces the arthritic or damaged elbow joint. The prosthetic is designed to replicate the form and function of the elbow joint to eliminate pain and improve movement. Keep reading to learn more about this invaluable procedure, and connect with your premier animal orthopedic surgery center in Ketchum, Idaho. We proudly welcome patients from Boise, Salt Lake City, Spokane, Billings, and beyond.

The Many Benefits of TATE Elbow™ Surgery for Canines

  • Less invasive procedure for implantation with minimal trauma to the patient.
  • The quick, yet effective, procedure can be completed in two hours.
  • Quick recovery times of 8-12 weeks for full functionality.
  • Prosthetic mimics motions and functions of the elbow.
  • Eliminates pain and improves overall joint function.
  • Low rate of complications with high success rates.

TATE Elbow™, Canine Total Elbow Replacement (TER)

Cutting-Edge Canine Elbow Surgery

Canine TATE Elbow™ Replacement system developed by Sun Valley Animal Center's medical director and owner, >Randy Acker, DVM. This surgical procedure combines ease of implantation with minimal trauma to the patient.

What Is TATE Elbow™ Surgery?

BioMedtrix, a leader in the design and manufacture of veterinary orthopedic implants, has teamed up with Dr. Acker to produce this new total arthroplasty of the elbow, the TATE Elbow™. This new system is a minimally invasive resurfacing arthroplasty with milling based on the axis of the center of rotation.

The goal in designing the new canine elbow was to “produce an elbow replacement system that would be accepted and used by veterinary surgeons,” Dr. Acker said. “Comparable to that of a total hip replacement operation, it was our thought that surgical ease, low morbidity, and a low complication rate were essential for the success of the TATE system.”

Today, the pet surgery can be completed in 2 hours with an 8-12 week restorative period for the patient’s full functional recovery.

Teaching courses on the use of the TATE Elbow™ are now available and expanding throughout the U.S. and Europe.


Why Is TATE Elbow™ Surgery So Effective?

Over ten years in development, the impetus for the TATE Elbow™ was Dr. Acker’s own yellow Labrador retriever, Tate. Tate developed severe elbow dysplasia, and while Dr. Acker tried the common treatments of injections, arthroscopic animal surgery, acupuncture, and pain medication, the outcome was unsuccessful. Ultimately, the TATE Elbow™ System became the eventual result.

Schedule Your Pet’s Consultation Today

Dr. Acker is now performing the TATE Elbow™ Replacement System routinely at the Sun Valley Animal Center. For additional information or to make an appointment, please call 208-726-7777.


Sun Valley Animal Center

106 South Clear Creek, Industrial Park Road
Ketchum, Idaho 83340



TATE Elbow™, Canine Total Elbow Replacement (TER)

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Pet Insurance

Pet insurance is becoming more widespread. There are several insurance companies that offer pet insurance, and chances are good your current auto or home insurance carrier may have a plan specifically for your pets. We recommend shopping around for a plan that fits your needs and your budget.

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How Pet Insurance Works

Unlike human health insurance, pet insurance requires you to pay for all veterinary services upfront. Your pet insurance carrier will reimburse you once you fill out their forms and send in the required documents. Check with your carrier to see what you need to submit for a claim. Some carriers require a doctor’s signature on a form or the invoice. If your carrier requires a signature, please download, print, and bring the insurance form to your vet appointment. Sun Valley Animal Center does not fill out pet insurance forms. We do not submit pet insurance forms for you. If you decide to purchase pet insurance, you will be required to fill out the necessary forms and send them to your insurance company.

Plan Your Pet’s Visit

Pet-Friendly Lodging in Ketchum and Sun Valley:

  • Tamarack Lodge: 208-726-334
    • Discounts offered for Sun Valley Animal Center clients

If your pet is suffering from arthritis in their elbow and they are in the end stages of osteoarthritis or elbow dysplasia, our surgical team is here to help. After a thorough physical examination and any necessary diagnostic tests, we can determine if your canine companion is a candidate for a total elbow replacement.


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