Sky, an active young lurcher, luxated (dislocated) her right shoulder.
At West Midlands Referrals, we temporarily immobilised this with a polyaxial locking plate for about 4.5 weeks. The plate was removed and, fingers crossed, enough fibrous scar tissue seems to have formed around the joint to stabilise it without needing more aggressive interventions like arthrodesis (joint fusion), which is covered in a separate article.
A few days after plate removal, she was walking normally and gradually increasing lead exercise will be the order of the day for the next few weeks. It will be a real challenge for the owners to limit the activity of this this “can-do” dog!
28th November 2014