• Congenital Elbow Luxation

A few weeks later, the owner was struggling to remember which leg had been operated on!  A year or so on, no forelimb lameness whatever was reported. The range of joint movement and the muscle mass on the operated leg were excellent. There was no grating and the function was extremely pleasing. The elbows were X-rayed for interest when the dog was anaesthetised for other reasons. The elbow looked delightful. The remarkable outcome of this case was in no small part due to the fact that the owners sought prompt advice when their pup was only 4 weeks old, and due to their commitment to attempt to find a surgical solution despite the poor prognosis. The bones were brought together while they were still very plastic, and able to mould to each other.

3rd October 2012