NORTHEASTERN BOXER RESCUE
Her leg was twisted in 3 different directions and could not have been in any worse condition. The outside of her bone had lots of deformities and was soft and spongy from lack of use. Needless to say, the surgery was complicated and included the insertion of a metal plate and screws.
Queen will also need to wear a metal splint on the outside of her leg for 3 weeks until her bones get stronger. After the splint is removed she will need to wear a soft bandage for another 3 weeks. When the bandage comes off she will need 3 more weeks of restricted activity.
Queen was put on intravenous antibiotics as a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of infection, and she will continue to take antibiotics for a few weeks. She is also expected to be in a lot of pain, so the doctor prescribed 2 types of pain killers to make her more comfortable. More xrays will be taken in 9 to 10 weeks to make sure that she has healed properly. It is not expected that she will require a second surgery.
Her leg may end up being a tad bit shorter than the other, but the doctor said that it should not cause her any problem. We can't wait until Queenie is all better and she is able to run and play like she did before her injury several months ago.
Veterinary Description Of Queen's Injury...The Surgery...Her Prognosis
Queen suffered an injury to her right front leg that resulted in a fracture of the large bone in her forearm. Because of this injury, the growth plate was prematurely sealed. There are 2 bones in the forearm and when one stops growing and the other continues as normal it results in an angular limb deformity, because of the abnormalities in length between the two bones.The surgery is very complicated but involves cutting and straightening the short curved bone (corrective osteotomy) while taking a wedge-like portion of the normal bone to compensate for the reduction in length (wedge osteotomy). A metal bone plate is required to hold the cut bone in place until healing occurs, generally 4-6 weeks. The result is a fairly straight although slightly shorter leg. Dogs usually do very well despite the slight length difference and long term prognosis is excellent.
Queenie's leg was broken near a growth plate, and the bones are growing at a different rate which causes the leg to be crooked. The longer Queenie waits for the surgeries the worse her leg will get. Queenie has an appointment with our orthopedic specialist for a consultation today, and an update of her condition will follow.
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Northeastern Boxer Rescue
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Rochester, NY 14604
Information on this dog:
Jamie Meadow Boxers@aol.com
Box 95, Sunderland MA 01375