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A deformed dachshund puppy is now back on her feet after corrective surgery at a leading veterinary referral centre in the Midlands with West Midlands Referrals.
A four-week-old puppy, that was intended to grow up as a “ratter” on a farm, presented with a dislocated left elbow. In fact, strictly speaking, this elbow wasn’t “dislocated” as it had never in fact been “located” in the first place! The owners were counselled that there was little chance that this elbow could ever be returned to a functional joint.
A young collie presented to us at West Midlands Referrals with severe deformities of both hind limbs. Both tibias (shin bones) were massively twisted so that her hocks (equivalent to our ankles) and her stifles (equivalent to our knees) worked at right angles to each other instead of working in parallel alignment as they should do.
Achilles tendon problems are referred to us at West Midlands Referrals relatively frequently. The Achilles tendon functions, along with the muscles that contribute to it, to extend the ankle. This keeps the “heel” off the ground and allows the dog or cat to walk on tip-toe.
At West Midlands Referrals, we see several cases of chronic degenerative joint disease (DJD) where surgical treatment like joint replacement or salvage surgery is not an option.
There are two long bones in the lower forelimb below the elbow, the radius and the ulna. The radius and ulna's distal (lower) ends makeup part of the carpus (wrist) joint. At their proximal (top) ends, they meet the humerus forming the elbow joint.
Fusion of the carpal joints is often indicated when there is irrevocable traumatic damage to the joint often involving ligament damage.
The use of locking plates has exploded within the orthopaedic community in the UK in recent years. They have revolutionised the way some injuries are treated. Fusing (“arthrodesing”) shoulder joints used to be a difficult procedure, not because the dogs found a fused shoulder hard to use, but because bending a conventional bone plate to fit the contours of the shoulder was a challenge and a half.
Hip dysplasia is common. It frequently becomes apparent from 6 months or so of age, leading to serious pain when the hip is extended.
We regularly do total hip replacement surgery at our Burton-Upon-Trent at very competitive prices. Most owners are seeking this surgery to manage the joints of larger breed dogs affected by hip dysplasia. Andy Whittingham leads this elective procedure and has experience of well over 200 cases.
The patella (knee cap) can sometimes luxate (dislocate) from the groove in which it should run. This groove is found on the front of the bottom of the femur (thigh bone), and forms part of the stifle (knee) joint.
Rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in the stifle (knee) joint is a very common problem in dogs.
Rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament is one of the commonest problems that is referred to us. Rupture of this ligament can be partial or complete and the cartilages in the knee can be damaged because of the instability that results.
The anconeal process is found in the elbow. It is a “keel” of bone on the ulna (one of the bones of the forearm) which slots into the back of the humerus (the bone of the upper arm) and which gives stability to the elbow when that joint is in extension.
Patella luxation is a common problem in dogs. The patella (kneecap) luxates (dislocates) from the trochlea (the groove) in which it is supposed to run on the bottom end of the femur (thigh bone).
The articular cartilage over part of the humerus that forms part of the shoulder joint can under-run and fragment during development. Signs usually start around 6-7 months of age.
Stem cell therapy is a new treatment for the degenerative joint disease (DJD), and we have started our first cases in July 2014.
Bone, tendons and ligaments respond to stress and pressure by reinforcing and remodelling. They can be tricked into doing this repair and remodeling with the application of ultrasound.
To the best of our knowledge here at West Midlands Referrals, Yoda is only the second cat ever to have a Ridgestop placed. This technique is a new addition to the techniques used to manage patella (kneecap) luxation (dislocation). The patella should normally track up and down in a groove. Luxation occurs when it slips out of that groove.
Incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle (IOHC) is most frequently see in Spaniels.
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