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Hound finds its feet after surgery

P. Sudhakar
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The hound after the surgery performed at the Veterinary College and Research Institute in Tirunelveli.
The hound after the surgery performed at the Veterinary College and Research Institute in Tirunelveli.

An orthopaedic surgery has been performed on a hound at the Veterinary College and Research Institute here recently using the ‘plate rod technique’ to correct its fractured right hind leg.

The one-year-old female, Chippipaarai, weighing about 26 kg, had suffered a severe fracture in a road accident. It could not bear its own weight. It’s master, S. Velmurugan of Sattankulam, brought the dog to VC and RI. As the radiological examination revealed an overriding right femur mid-shaft fracture, the surgery using plate rod technique was performed last Wednesday.

“Under general anaesthesia, an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery was performed. Using 8 holes, a 3.50-mm thick dynamic compression plate and additional stability using the rod were provided by inserting a 3.50-mm Steinmann Pin in a normograde manner, under the guidance of S. Prathaban, Dean, VC and RI, Tirunelveli,” said veterinarians M. Shiju Simon and Chhavi Gupta, who performed the surgery along with R. Ram Prabhu, Head, Teaching Veterinary Clinical Complex, VC and RI, Tirunelveli.

A day after the surgery, the hound was able to bear the weight on its affected limb.

Plate rod technique used for the first time to correct its fractured hind leg


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