Dr. Phil Zeltzman’s Blog
Valentine, a 7 month old kitten, was rescued after someone noticed that he (yes he’s a boy), that he was not putting any weight on his right back leg. X-rays showed that he had a fracture at the very end of the right thigh bone (see X-ray below).
An exam showed that the bone had already healed. Yet the X-ray showed that the bone was grossly misaligned (see red arrow).
So we took Valentine to surgery with 2 options in mind:
. If the fracture could be repaired nicely, then we would fix the bone.
. If a good outcome could not be reached, we would sacrifice the leg (a nice way to say that we would amputate the leg).
In surgery, I confirmed that the bone had healed in a crooked way. The kneecap was completely dislocated as a consequence. We had to “rebreak the bone”. I then removed a bunch of scar tissue, realigned the bone, and repaired it with 4 metal pins (see postop X-ray below).
Then I repaired the dislocated kneecap.
After 6 weeks of strict rest and physical therapy, Valentine should be able to find a furever home and enjoy a happy life.