Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Pelvic limb: amputation

Contributor(s): Andrew Gardiner, Joseph Harari

Introduction

  • Amputation of the hindlimb at the level of the mid-femur.
    Print off the owner factsheet Caring for the amputee cat Caring for the amputee cat to give to your client.

Uses

  • Neoplasia Bone tumor: overview.
  • Irreparable fractures.
  • Incapacitating neurologic dysfunction.
  • Intractable osteomyelitis .
  • Congenital or acquired deformity.

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 may be distressing, initially, to some owners. However, most cats cope extremely well with hindlimb 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 cats cope extremely well with hindlimb amputation.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers


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