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A lower league injury...

16 March 2016

Leo the 9 year old greyhound

 

Leo, a 9 year old greyhound, had an unfortunate incident recently when he managed to run into a goalpost in his local park at full speed!

Poor Leo hit the goalpost with his left shoulder, causing a fracture of his shoulder blade. After being taken to his local vet, this was found to be a complex injury and he was immediately referred to Willows, where he was seen by Specialist orthopaedic surgeon, Toby Gemmill.

Leo was admitted to the hospital for investigations. A CT scan showed a severe fracture of the left shoulder blade (Fig 1). Toby performed intricate surgery to realign the bone and stabilise it using a plate and bone screws (Fig 2). After a short stay in the hospital receiving dedicated nursing care, Leo was able to go home.

 

Figure 1 - A CT scan showed a severe fracture of the left shoulder blade

Figure 1 - A CT scan showed a severe fracture of the left shoulder blade

Figure 1

 

Figure 2 - An X-Ray after the operation to realign the bone using a plate and screws

Figure 2 - An X-Ray after the operation to realign the bone using a plate and screws

Figure 2

 

We are pleased to say that Leo has completely recovered and is now able to run around the park again – a little more carefully than before!

Here are some photos of Leo receiving hydrotherapy during his recovery...

 

Leo receiving hydrotherapy

 

Leo receiving hydrotherapy

 

Leo receiving hydrotherapy

Leo receiving hydrotherapy (hydrotherapy images courtesy of Avonvale Veterinary Centres)