Olive, a two and a half year old female Toy Poodle, presented to the clinic after her owner noticed that she had screamed in pain when her right hind leg was touched. Olive had previously had a luxating patella on her left hind leg, (which means that her knee joint was moving in and out of place.) Olive's owner was aware that this too could be what the sudden pain on her right leg might be.
Upon consultation with Dr Gavin, Olive's right patella spontaneously luxated during the examination. It was advised to her owner for Olive to have radiographs performed to confirm this condition, and then if needed, she would have surgery to correct her luxating patella.
The patella, commonly referred to as the knee cap, is usually located in the centre of the knee joint. A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its normal location, as indicated by the term "luxating" which means out of place or dislocated.
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As Olive had already had her left hind patella surgically fixed, Olive's owner was aware of what was required for the surgery. Olive had radiographs and her luxating patella surgery performed on the same day.
Olive's surgery went extremely well and she has recovered already, using 100% of her leg as normal! She has visited us 3 times weekly so that we can continue to perform physio on her leg and is always a pleasure to have and treat at the clinic!