Apollo – Carpal Arthrodesis in a cat
“Apollo”, an 18month old, male, Maine Coon cat, was presented to SEAH non-weight bearing on his left fore leg. He had returned home after being missing for four days.
Radiographs of the left fore leg revealed severe injury to the lower left fore, which both involved a very distal fracture of the radius and dislocation of the radius from the proximal carpal joint as well.
The best option, to achieve pain free movement long term, was to place a special plate across the carpal joint, from the tibia to the metacarpals, thus allowing the distal tibia to heal and preventing any pain in this area long term.
This photo shows the area involved during surgery, with the distal radius still located under the carpal bones. The distal radius first had to be elevated back into it’s correct position. The CA (carpal arthrodesis) plate was then applied and 2mm and 1.5mm wide screws used to fix this in place.
The above two photos, show the plate after application and the surgery site after closure, prior to bandaging. “Apollo’s” leg was then bandaged. The photos below, show x-rays of “Apollo’s” leg after correction of the injury, showing the radius and ulna now back in correct alignment. This surgery cost the owner $1,250. Most of these types of injuries are usually referred to specialist centres where the same surgery would often cost $4,000 or more. At SEAH we perform a large range of orthopaedic surgery. Please call if you would like an estimate on a case we may be able to help with.