Case Studies: Orthopaedic Surgery

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Excision arthroplasty of a metacarpal-phalangeal joint for lameness

  Harvey, a 7 year active male labrador, presented lame with degenerative joint disease (DJD) affecting digits 2, 3 and 5 of the left forelimb. The metacaro-phalangeal joint of the 3rd digit seemed the most painful on palpation and  this joint was the one of the three that was involving a principal weight bearing digit....

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Forequarter amputation in large dogs

Benson, a stocky 30kg male Staffy needed a right forequarter amputation becuase of serious neurological deficits after a road traffic accident, that resulted in very poor limb use and massive muscle loss even after a couple of months of “wait and see”. A few months after forequarter amputation (where we take the shoulder blade too to...

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Bilateral metaphyseal osteodystrophy

Max, a 14 week old Weimaraner presented to  a practice that refers to us with a sudden onset none weight bearing lame of his left fore limb.   We were able to advise from a distance when their radiographs were sent to us. The darker radiolucent area just above the normal growth plates, most visible in the...

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Un-united anconeal process removal

Floki, an 11 month old Cane Corso, presented with right forelimb lameness and an un-united anconeal process. The left elbow anconeal process was united as normal. This large free mass of bone, loose in the elbow joint, was removed through a modest incision. Although the loss of this “keel” of bone does remove one of...

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Thoracodorsal flap and external fixator for dog with exposure and near rupture of the triceps tendon

Spot Jenkinshad a near rupture of the triceps tendon. There was a substantial overlying wound. We repaired the tendon and supported the elbow in extension with an external fixator. The wound was covered with a thoracodorsal skin flap to move skin down from the upper reaches of the limb. Spot did really well!...

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