Pulaski's surgeries

December 19, 2011

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In his video (posted here a couple of days ago), Pulaski looked rather pathetic. Here's what he went through:

Two broken legs. His left leg the hock (ankle) was broken in a way that we were especially worried if we fixed it (tarsal arthrodeisis), it would get more and more crooked as he grew. So Dr. Hardy, who does less orthopedics, amputated that leg as a first surgery, then Drs. Deb Conant and me (Allan Berger) focused on his right leg.

For his right leg, see how the the proximal tibia is sheered off just below the knee? We disassembled his knee joint to get the tibia straight again, put three pins into the bone to hold it in place, then repaired the lateral collateral ligament of his knee. His knee is still a little loose, but with targeted exercise it's getting better every day.

He can now build up some pretty good speed (see the blur in his last photo). We're hoping he'll be ready for a home later this week. We have two people interested, but we're not sure how serious either is.
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Pulaski during rehab. He's rather food motivated.
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This best shows his right leg fracture (which is the bottom right corner of the picture). See how youc can follow his right knee (sticking up) down the tibia. Then it shifts over so that his ankle is not in line with the tibia? (That's a bad thing.)
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After we removed the left leg, we dealt with the right one. If you look at this knee, underneath the knee is the proximal tibia. Then the rest of the tibia is shifted over looking about where it should be. (The broken fibula is, comparatively, not a big deal).


We disassembled the knee, pulled in the proximal piece, then nailed it into proper alignment.
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Knee joint reassembled!
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These pictures were taken this afternoon (Monday).
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Allan Berger Licking his lips: as I wrote, he's rather food motivated! (More consistent than 'food motivated' would be to say 'without food he is not motivated.' Having had to fend for himself as a stray with two broken back legs, he's a relatively self-reliant fellow.)
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Destinee J. Fusaro Poor guy.
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AAHA Helping Pets Fund Thank you for taking such good care of him :)
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Allan Berger Tractor pull! Feel the power!
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Destinee J. Fusaro I wish I could have another kitty! I love 3 legged cats lol. My Grandpa had a 3 legged kitty named 'No Leg' or as I called him Tom. He was so sweet.
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He can get up some reasonable speed!