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  1. #1
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    Mar 2009

    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.
    The first, you say? Well, sort of.
    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.
    more, with Cyrano pictures, at link above

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    on the prowl
    Amazing what veterinary medicine can accomplish. Best wishes for Cyrano!

    Rest in Peace
    Joey, Summer, Gianni & Joseph Mateo

  3. #3
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    Jul 2008
    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!
    Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris and all of France!

  4. #4
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    Sep 2009


    That's a cute cat.
    Just my opinion

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