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Sheldon Climbs Snowdon!

9 January 2017

The lovely Sheldon is a miniature wire-haired Dachshund that belongs to one of our Specialist anaesthetists, Alessandra Mathis. Sheldon started limping on his left hind leg whilst he was playing ball, his lameness persisted and Alessandra brought him in to see orthopaedic Specialist Jonathan Pink.

After a thorough examination, Jonathan found poor Sheldon was suffering with a luxating patella (in people the patella is referred to as the knee cap). The patella glides in a groove at the end of the thigh bone (femur) as the knee flexes and extends. Occasionally the patella slips out of the groove. This is called luxation, or dislocation, of the patella.

Jonathan advised surgery for Sheldon, which involved trochlea (groove) deepening surgery. This is done by removing a block or wedge of bone and cartilage from the groove, deepening the base, and replacing the block or wedge. These techniques are called ‘recession’ techniques since they recess the surface of the groove and thus make the groove deeper, while at the same time preserving the surface (cartilage) of the groove.

 

Post-operative radiograph of Sheldon, showing the pin and wire that has been used for the procedure

This is the post-operative X-ray (radiograph) of Sheldon, showing the pin and wire that has been used for the procedure.

 

Sheldon has recovered very well from his surgery and in fact, just a short while ago, completed the task of climbing Snowdon! Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level so this is quite a task for a little dog!

Well done Sheldon.

For further information see our Patella Luxation Information Sheet.

 

Sheldon with Alessandra at Wye Valley

Sheldon with Alessandra at Wye Valley

 

Sheldon with Alessandra at Wye Valley

Sheldon trekking along

 

Sheldon with Alessandra at Wye Valley

At the top!

 

Sheldon with Alessandra at Wye Valley

 

Sheldon with Alessandra at Wye Valley

Sheldon enjoying a well-deserved rest!