Senior cat Sooty, successful recovers after orthopaedic surgery

Poor Sooty, he was fine that morning but by the time his owners got home after 8pm that night they could see he was in trouble. Sooty's right hind leg was obviously badly injured. He could hardly put any weight on the leg. (Sooty is pictured here with his carers, Elizabeth and Catherine)

As you can see from the x-rays, Sooty had broken his femur (the uppermost bone in the hind leg). Even though Sooty could be considered to be quite old (he's over 14 years old) he was such a valued member of the family that his owners elected to have his leg repaired.

Sooty was admitted to hospital and placed on intravenous fluid support and given excellent pain relief. Once he was stable, Sooty was given a general anaesthetic and most of the hair on his hind leg was shaved off. The leg was then further prepared for surgery by being thoroughly cleaned to remove all contamination, including bacteria.

Surgical repair of Sooty's broken leg involved the placement of an intra-medullary bone pin up the shaft of the bone, and two wires to help stabilise the fracture even further.

Sooty recovered well from surgery. He is now at home but is being checked regularly to ensure that he's on track. In 8-10 weeks time his leg will be x-rayed again. Once there is evidence that the bone has healed well the pin will be removed (under a general anaesthetic) but the wires will be left in place. Well done for Sooty for being so brave!

As you can see from the x-rays, Sooty had broken his femur (the uppermost bone in the hind leg) Closer look at the break After surgery - you can see the intra-medullary bone pin up the shaft of the bone

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