A seriously injured cat who suffered a horrific fracture of the pelvis when hit by a car, is back on all fours again after extensive reconstructive surgery West Midlands Referrals.
Three-year-old Stanley is once again jumping for joy – and on to the top of kitchen worktops – after under-going complex surgery to repair his shattered pelvis and other internal damage caused by the traumatic collision.
His pelvis was wired, screwed and plated back together in an intricate two-hour operation led by advanced small animal practitioner Jon Mills.
The expert vet even captured the full and dramatic extent of the surgery in a series of post-operation images which help explain Stanley’s incredible recovery.
Jon explained: “Stanley had a horrific pelvic fracture which presented us with a series of challenges from the start.
“He was in so much pain that his behaviour was very fractious, which meant we were only able to perform a very limited pre-op examination.
“When we finally saw the extent of the damage it was immediately clear he required extensive attention to repair his injuries.
“The right hip socket was fractured very badly and fixing it required numerous pins and wire, and this was all buttressed with a 2.4mm locking plate.”
The operation was a complete success, but Stanley understandably took time to recover fully due to the associated neurological damage.
Now he’s almost fully recovered with Jon reporting: “For a while, Stanley had problems using the leg after the operation but after some loving care at home and some patience, he’s now using all four legs with ease and is returning to normal behaviour such as jumping up onto the kitchen counters!”
Stanley’s delighted owner Joseph Devanny, from Derby, added: “We’re delighted with Stanley’s treatment. The care he received was absolutely exemplary from start to finish.
“Jon and the team went above and beyond to keep us informed on the day of his surgery. It was a very stressful day and it felt like the longest hours ever, we were just desperate to know how it had gone.
“From then on, at all of our post-operative check-ups, Jon explained in depth how Stanley was recovering.
“Now Stanley is almost perfect again. He has a very slight limp and occasionally it seems that his leg is a little stiff but, other than that, he’s fully functioning.
“The one difference is that he is an inside cat now – we can’t risk another accident!”