Case Studies: Orthopaedic Surgery

Tarsal (hock) arthrodeses (fusions)

Fusion of the tarsal joints is often indicated when there is irrevocable traumatic damage to the joint(s) often involving ligament damage. Some breeds like Shelties are especially prone to spontaneous collapse of the tarsal (and carpal) joints under normal loading. Tarsal arthrodesis can be indicated when the tarsal joints are involved with articular fractures, or when...

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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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