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Front-End Tripod: Additional Amputation: scapula or no?

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Front-End Tripod: Additional Amputation: scapula or no?

Postby dactyl » Mon Nov 26, 2018 4:48 pm

I have a 1.5 year old 50 lb male pit bull who had his front right leg amputated mid-radius when he was approximately ten weeks old and not in my care. It is high up - he only has about 1/2 inch to an inch of the radius left. The stump healed initially with a bursa, but now opens, oozes, and is no longer appropriate. I've taken him to three vet consults (on at NC State) and all three agree an additional amputation is needed. Some of the vets believe it is best to take the scapula while others suggest that the scapula should remain. Does anyone on this board have an opinion or experience either way?

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Re: Front-End Tripod: Additional Amputation: scapula or no?

Postby CarolC » Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:20 pm

I have an amputee dog but she does not have this problem, so I have no opinion on scapula or no scapula.

I would suggest you see what is available on dogleggs. They will make to order.

https://www.dogleggs.com/dogleggs-for-f ... g-amputee/

You might also post on tripawds if you haven't already.

https://tripawds.com/forums/

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Re: Front-End Tripod: Additional Amputation: scapula or no?

Postby critters » Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:31 am

:whale: My surgical tripod kept her scapula. Why is the site breaking down? Does he beat on it, lie on it, or something?
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Re: Front-End Tripod: Additional Amputation: scapula or no?

Postby dactyl » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:29 pm

The county shelter did the amputation – and they left about an inch of bone with no muscle cover on the end. There was a bursa that protected it for about the first year but then that fluid bursa popped. He’ll hit it when he lays down or trips. If it is here it will believe – but even without direct contact there is frequent clear fluid. *headshake*
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Re: Front-End Tripod: Additional Amputation: scapula or no?

Postby critters » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:22 am

Ah. I've seldom heard of leaving a "nub" after an amputation. How about a revision that's in between--take the nub off and pad the bone end with muscle, skin, or whatever? Tripod's arm was just flat at her shoulder, but she still had her scapula. Once it was healed, it never broke down for the rest of her life.
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