4-month-old Ronnie was taken to the vets by his owners when they noticed him limping. Ronnie was referred to our orthopaedic surgeon Joe Fox for further investigation using a CT scan. The purple arrows show a big step between one portion of the ulna and the radius. There should be no step here; there should be a nice smooth continuous transition from one bone to the next.
The red arrows show a big gap at the back of the joint that should be much smaller – the humerus is effectively falling forward causing pain and damage inside the joint which must be prevented in order to try and help him for the long-term.
Surgery was the only option for little Ronnie to try and correct a problem like this. However, it’s a big procedure where the ulna needs cutting to allow it to move to a better position before the bone gradually knits in place.
Ronnie’s owners made the brave decision to go for it, so surgery was undertaken without delay. He had to stay in our hospital whilst Ronnie recovered from surgery, where he got lots of cuddles and fuss to make him feel at home.
After Ronnie had lots of rest and care at home following his surgery, he returned three weeks later for a follow-up scan and everything was going nicely to plan.
The yellow arrows show the nice transition from the ulna onto the radius and the green arrows show the gap at the back had reduced down to normal. Even at this early stage, healing was underway and he was already more comfortable on the leg.
Ronnie is doing really well and has made an amazing recovery. His owner is really happy with Ronnie’s progress and he’s back to his happy and playful self!