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Thumper Hops to it Again!

26 February 2017

Just over a year ago Thumper the rabbit was referred to Willows after an unfortunate accident. Thumper got his right fore leg trapped in a heavy door which resulted in him fracturing two of the bones in his front leg (radius and ulna).

As you can imagine the bones of a rabbit are very small indeed (in this case about 3.5mm wide - roughly the same width as a USB cable), requiring specialist equipment and surgical techniques to repair the bones and allow good function of the limb following the surgery.

 

X-Rays showing Thumper's fractures

X-Rays showing Thumper's fractures

X-Rays showing Thumper's fractures

 

Willows’ Specialist orthopaedic surgeon, Bill Oxley, explained what the intricate surgery for Thumper would involve. A very small metal plate would be secured with screws so as to span the fracture affecting each of the bones. Each plate would be 2.8mm wide and 1mm thick, with the screw 1mm in diameter. These screws required holes to be drilled in the bones using a 0.7mm drill bit, requiring good eyesight and a very steady hand!

 

X-Rays showing the small metal plates securing the fractured bones allowing Thumper to heal

X-Rays showing the small metal plates securing the fractured bones allowing Thumper to heal

X-Rays showing the small metal plates securing the fractured bones allowing Thumper to heal

 

Thumper coped remarkably well with the surgery and has made a good recovery. His owner recently got in touch to update us on his progress and share some lovely photos of Thumper now he has recovered.

 

Thumper back in the comfort of his own home 

Thumper back in the comfort of his own home 

Thumper back in the comfort of his own home 

 

For further information about fracture treatment and fusion of a joint can be seen in the following pet health information sheets:

Fracture Treatment – An Overview

Arthrodesis (fusion of a joint)