Brave Tilly's knee cap surgery

Tilly, a 10 month old female King Charles Cavalier Spaniel, presented to the clinic after her owner had noticed that Tilly was becoming lame on her right leg. Upon consultation with Dr Alex, it was discovered that Tilly had a medial patellar luxation. In order to solve Tilly's pain and lameness, a surgery called Medial Luxating Patella Repair was required. 

Medial patella luxation (MPL) is a common problem, especially in small and toy breed dogs. As the name implies, the knee cap (patella) slips out of position (luxates) and towards the inward side of the leg (medially). Patella luxations can be categorised from mild to severe and graded from 1 to 4 respectively.

To perform the surgery, the point where the patella ligament is attached is moved and surgically fixed to its proper location. The groove where the patella sits is deepened so the patella will stay in place. The capsule around the knee joint is tightened.

Tilly recovered extremely well after the surgery and stayed overnight in the clinic on intravenous fluids, pain relief and to have her behaviour monitored to ensure she wasn’t in pain.

Tilly went home the night after the procedure, on orders from the Veterinarian to rest. She was extremely brave and enjoyed her cuddles in our hospital!

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