Poor Indie got more than he bargained for 6 weeks ago when he was happily playing with his cat friend. He landed awkwardly and sustained a spiral fracture to his left tibia.
He presented to us non weight bearing lame on the left hindlimb and feeling understandably very sorry for himself. His fracture was repaired the following day by one of our orthopaedic surgeons and the fracture was reduced with two lag screws and stabilised with a medially placed 3.5 mm locking plate.
A Robert Jones support dressing was placed on Indie’s leg and maintained for two weeks. This was to reduce the swelling and provide support to the leg during the initial stages of healing. After this the dressing was removed and Indie was allowed to gradually increase lead exercise. Indie’s wound healed uneventfully and quickly he felt confident enough to bear weight through the fractured limb.
Indie presented six week after surgery for his postoperative radiographs. He was clinically back to normal and fully weight bearing on the operated limb. Radiographs documented that the fracture had fully healed and so Indie was advised to increase his exercise back to normal over the next two weeks. Indie has returned to doing what he enjoys the most which is having fun and enjoying life.
Well done Indie – he has been a superstar throughout his treatment!