01-28-2012, 03:16 PM #1
NC - Knee-replacement for Cyrano: tubby tabby 1st to have the surgery
Feline good: Tubby tabby becomes country's first cat to get knee-replacement surgery (Daily Mail)
A tubby tom cat has become the country's first ever feline to undergo knee-replacement surgery after vets ruled out amputating his cancer-stricken leg because of his size.
Cyrano, a 10-year-old kitty who weighs more than 20 pounds, has been helped by doctors and engineers at North Carolina State University after cancer left his left hind leg almost useless.
Surgeon Denis Marcellin-Little and university engineer Ola Harryssonare are at the forefront of osseointegration, a process in which a prosthetic limb is fused to a living bone.
Although a British doctor carried out a full knee replacement on a cat crushed by a car in 2009, the surgery carried out by Marcellin-Little used materials more like those used for human operations.
'This is the most complex implant that NC State has made and really, in all honesty, that anyone has built for any situation that I know of,' Marcellin-Little, a French-born vet, told the Associated Press.
01-28-2012, 06:44 PM #2
Amazing what veterinary medicine can accomplish. Best wishes for Cyrano!
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01-28-2012, 11:38 PM #3
AAWWW, good for Cyrano!! Look at the post-op pic; it is so cute.
Sandra Lerner and Len Bosack are truly great people to do this for their tubby tabby!
*Thanks for posting this story, wfgodot! I count on you for the most interesting news!
01-29-2012, 12:15 AM #4Registered User
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That's a cute cat.Just my opinion
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