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 the stabilising features of the elbow, these dogs usually do very well after surgery. We have seen other cases where these loose fragments have even become infected if they are left unoperated.
Floki was doing well at rechecks and lameness was resolved, though some significant future degenerative joint disease is likely in this elbow.
Hugo was a 1 year old 38kg cross breed, signed over to a practice that refers to us a lot. He had an un-united anconeal process which we removed surgically. it fragmented somewhat during removal.