Case: Elbow arthrodesis

Harvey, a gentle, elderly crossbred male had serious elbow degenerative joint disease (DJD) – “osteoarthritis”.

He had liver problems secondary to ┬áchronic NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). We’d have liked to give Harvey an elbow joint replacement but unfortunately finances didn’t allow this.

So we settled for an elbow arthrodesis. These dogs always have a marked gait abnormality because the limb is a little awkward to use with the fused elbow after elbow arthrodesis. But the fused elbow gives them a strong, stable, comfortable leg that they can use without the pain of the DJD that went before.

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