Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Amputation: forelimb

Contributor(s): Andrew Gardiner, Laura Owen, Melvyn Pond

Introduction

  • Amputation of the forelimb at the level of the mid-humerus.
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Uses

Advantages

  • The procedure is usually a 'salvage' option when no possibility of retention of a functional limb exists due to failure of other treatments or due to the expected course of a neoplastic condition.

Disadvantages

  • Appearance and/or the functional locomotion of the amputated patient is usually unacceptable to some owners, even after counseling.
  • Certain patients, eg large breed dogs with orthopedic disease in other limb(s), may not be good candidates for amputation.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Depends on the reasons for amputation.
  • If the primary disease is treated successfully, most small and medium-sized dogs cope very well with forelimb amputation.

Further Reading

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