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Roxy’s false joint

By Helen Burns | Dated June 27, 2019

Usually we see hip dislocations following car accidents, but for little Roxy the 13 ½ year old Cocker Spaniel, all it took was falling down a couple of stairs on the weekend. She is a stoic little dog, however was unable to bear weight on her leg, so was brought straight in to see us. Once she was anaesthetised, we could feel her hip and see that it was dislocated on the radiographs, so the next task was to try to replace it. In order for a hip to dislocate, they must not only tear the joint capsule, but also the round ligament that connects the ball (the head of the femur) into the socket (the acetabulum). Unfortunately as often happens with dogs with a dislocated hip, the muscle contracture and large tear in the joint capsule meant that each time the hip was replaced, it immediately popped back out again.  Whilst of course we were disappointed that this was not going to be a simple solution for Roxy, all was not lost. After a quick phone call to her family while she was under anaesthetic, Roxy was taken into theatre and had a femoral head and neck osteotomy. Whilst it may sound dramatic to remove the whole head and neck of the femur, the resulting fibrous tissue will form a ‘false joint’, which will give Roxy pain-free mobility over the years to come.

Roxy’s dislocated left hip

 

Roxy’s hip following surgery to remove the head and neck of the femur

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Written by Helen Burns

Helen graduated from Sydney Uni in 1997 with First Class Honours and worked in a practice on the Northern Beaches for 16 years. Helen joined the Gordon Vet team early in 2014 and our clients have really enjoyed getting to know her. She loves being a vet and takes a keen interest in all of her patients. Her gentle, friendly nature helps pets to feel relaxed when they visit the vet. Helen lives locally and has 3 children. At least one of her children seems destined to be a vet! When not ferrying her children around, Helen cares for her menagerie of pets. These include Chloe the dog, Obi and Leia the cats, Little Cocky the galah and Rosie the very tame eclectus parrot who all happily coexist at her house. In her spare time, Helen likes to be active outdoors, running, kayaking, camping or playing any manner of sport with her children.

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