Miss Lexi, a frequent flyer here!
Lexi was loving life, living it to the full after a severe illness some years ago that saw her hospitalised for a number of weeks. Her owners were incredibly dedicated during her illness and still now, preventing recurrence.
However, one day Lexi took her adventures bit too far! She came back limping.
Her owners brought her straight into the clinic so we could examine her, diagnose the problem, control her pain and help fix her. When she presented to us, she had an obvious limp on her right hind leg.
So, what did we find?
At examination, it was found she had ruptured her cruciate ligament. This is a ligament in the knee to stabilise the movement of the knee. Sometimes, it can rupture just like some footballers during a footy game. It is VERY painful!
Lexi had a series of radiographs (x-rays) to help rule out any further injuries that may have happened at the same time. Radiographs are also absolutely required to be able to plan out any orthopaedic surgery.
She was put on pain relief and then booked in for surgery to help repair her knee.
What is involved in a Cruciate Surgery?
There are many different cruciate surgery techniques that are implemented to correct these injuries. The selection of surgical technique is a long process, taking in to consideration many different aspects of each patient. Age, weight, activity level, body confirmation and even financial limitations. The procedure that best suited Lexi was a Lateral Suture technique and her owners gave it the green light. This technique uses a special fibre that is fixed into place to replicate the biomechanics of the cruciate ligament to help stabilise the knee.
Lexi had her surgery and the procedure went very well – now it was time for a long road to recovery!
How is Lexi now!?
Lexi has been going really well post-op, so she was sent home the following day on strict cage rest for 6 weeks. This is to limit movement of her knee while the surgery site and the soft tissue around the knee can heal and scar. This all helps to minimise instability of the knee post op.
Lexi is such a darling girl and a regular visitor here. She is well loved. Her parents are also a delight especially as they are so good at listening to instructions and following them exactly. This has ensured Lexi’s recovery firstly from her illness a few years ago and now while she recovers from her cruciate surgery!
We can’t wait to see her running around and enjoying life again – we’re all pretty sure she can’t wait either!
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