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Pup Makes Remarkable Recovery Thanks To Willows Orthopaedics Team

12 months ago

20th August, 2021 15h45

Linnaeus Group

A puppy that suffered a fractured leg after being kicked by a horse was back on her feet and walking again less than 12 hours after surgery following advanced treatment at one of the UK’s top animal hospitals.

The two-month-old labrador called Mabel underwent the emergency operation at the renowned Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service in Solihull, West Midlands.

It was such a success that one month later Mabel was signed off by the Linnaeus-owned animal hospital having made a total recovery.

Willows’ orthopaedic surgeon Alexis Bilmont, a European specialist in small animal surgery, took charge of Mabel’s treatment and is delighted with her recovery.

He said: “We used an advanced technique to repair Mabel’s fracture using an implant called an interlocking nail.

“The technique is called minimally invasive osteosynthesis, which means a fracture repair preserving the soft tissues around the bone.

“This results in faster healing and improved patient comfort. It involves repositioning the bone and placing the implant through very limited skin openings.  

“We made two small skin incisions (1.5cm and 2.5 cm) rather than one long incision (14cm) that would traditionally have been needed.

“Mabel responded really well and recovered very quickly. You can see just how well in a video which captures her walking on her operated limb less than 12 hours after surgery.

“What’s more, when she returned to Willows for her post-operative examination four weeks after surgery, there was complete bone healing and full limb use with absolutely no residual deficits so she really has made an excellent, fast and full recovery.”

Willows offers specialist services in anaesthesia and analgesia, cardiology, clinical nutrition, dermatology, diagnostic imaging, emergency and critical care, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, soft tissue surgery and spinal surgery.

To find out more about Willows’ wide range of specialist services, visit or search for Willows Veterinary Centre and Referral Service on Facebook.

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