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Willows small animal specialists Stephen Clarke (left) and Alexis Bilmont are now recognised as certified TKR surgeons

Willows small animal specialists Stephen Clarke (left) and Alexis Bilmont are now recognised as certified TKR surgeons

Willows At The Forefront Of TKR Care Across UK And Europe

5 months ago

21st June, 2022 12h36

Specialist vets at an award-winning small animal hospital are leading the way across the UK and Europe for Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery in dogs. 

Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service, which is owned by Linnaeus and based in Solihull, West Midlands, now boasts an unrivalled team with small animal specialists Alexis Bilmont, Stephen Clarke and Toby Gemmill all recognised as certified TKR surgeons. 

Toby, who is managing director at Willows, said recent exam successes of Alexis and Stephen meant the hospital, which was recently crowned Best UK Referral Centre, is now operating at the pinnacle of TKR care – both at home and abroad. 

Toby said: “We are delighted Stephen and Alexis have now completed their training to take the number of TKR-certified surgeons at Willows up to three. This number truly puts us at the forefront of this field across the UK and Europe. 

“TKR is a procedure in which a painful or poorly-functioning stifle joint is replaced with a metal and plastic prosthesis. 

“The procedures can be very successful in reducing discomfort and improving limb function. 

“Surgery is primarily performed in medium and large dogs with persistently painful knees, which do not respond well to medical management – most commonly in cases of severe knee osteoarthritis.”

Willows has been a long-standing pioneer of TKR surgery and hip replacement surgery, with Toby excited to now see that service now ascend to an even higher level. 

He added: “We have been performing total knee replacements and hip replacements in dogs at Willows for more than 10 years, and have seen many dogs go from being chronically painful to regaining excellent function and returning to full activity.

"It has been incredibly satisfying to be able to help these dogs back to enjoying such a high quality of life. 

“We’re now looking forward to our expanded service ensuring that we can help even more dogs with sore knees to become pain free and remain active.” 

Willows offers specialist services in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, clinical nutrition, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery and spinal surgery. 

To find out more about Willows’ wide range of specialist services, visit or search for Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service on Facebook. 

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