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This handsome man is Teddy❤️ Teddy’s owners brought him to our main hospital Streatham Hill Vets see our lead orthopaedic surgeon, Gabriella, when they noticed he was experiencing lameness on his leg. After an orthopaedic examination and x-rays it was found Teddy had a luxating patella (kneecap).
The term luxating means out of place or dislocated, therefore a luxating patella is a kneecap that moves out of its normal place. As the patella moves in and out of the grove that it normally is positioned in it can wear down the cartilage. This can cause pain which can result in lameness. In the video, you can see Teddy’s patella popping in and out of the grove.
Patella luxations are graded 1-4 according to how much the kneecap moves. For Teddy his patella luxation was graded at a 3 meaning his patella was not in the grove most of the time. With grade 3 or 4 surgery is always advised.
Gabriella performed surgery on Teddy today which involved deepening the grove that the patella sits into. Teddy has recovered well from his anaesthetic and is enjoying treats and cuddles with his new teddy bear. We look forward to seeing this gorgeous boy for his post-operative checks😍
If you are worried about your pet please do not hesitate to book in for a consultation. You can do so by calling our surgeries or you can book an appointment online 🏥