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Ulna / Radius Ostectomy

Surgical Procedure

Ulna or Radius Ostectomy

Forearm limb deformities may develop or be induced by injury or congenital defect during bone growth and bone formation, respectively. The deformity may affect both the ulna and radius due to their paired growth and may take the form of bone shortening, angular deformity, or poor external rotation. To surgically correct this bone deformity, a dual incision is made to remove a cross section of the ulna, then a fat graft is introduced to help stabilize and stimulate bone growth, extension and finally fusion. The end result is that the ulna is extended and properly repositioned in relation to the radius and thus correcting the deformity. In some cases, both an ulna and radial ostectomy may need to be performed in which case an internal/external fixture would need to be added for structure support.

ulnar ostectomy

Process overview

Pre-Surgery Preparations

All procedures require pre-operational bloodwork. Food and water is restricted 8 to 12 hours prior to surgery to prevent possible aspiration due to vomiting. Depending on the case and procedure, additional diagnostic tests may be required for example EKG, Xray, or ultrasound. We may also recommend an anesthesia specialist if necessary to oversee the anesthesia and health monitoring of your pet.

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During Surgery

Your pet will given a sedative to facilitiate preparation of the surgical site and placement of IV cather. The next step is to provide oxygen, fluids, and thermal support. All medical equipment or apparatus will then be connected so as to monitor your pet's vital signs. Your pet is then anesthetized (induced) and appropriate pain management (epidural, local anesthetic, constant rate infusion/CRI) is administered as needed. We will continue to regulate and monitor your pet throughout the procedure.

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Immediately following the procedure, we continue to administer fluids and observe your pet for a few hours until your pet is fully awake. Discharge instructions will be provided during which all your post-op questions will be answered by the doctor and your pet is able to go home to start his/her recovery process. Follow-up post-operative exams and post-operation pain medication is provided.

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