Three dimensional CT (3D CT) of the lumbosacral spine. Photo courtesy of Mr Menéndez (from the Imaging Team at Chestergates Veterinary Specialists)
Rottweiler Given New Lease Of Life Following Surgery To Relieve Compression On Spinal Nerves
28th March, 2023 13h22
CVS UK Ltd
CVS Group’s specialists at Chestergates Veterinary Specialists used Neuromed implants to relieve the compression
A Rottweiler has been saved from lameness and given another chance of an active life, following collaboration between CVS Neurology specialists and Neuromed the manufacturers of a pedicle screw implant.
Zedek had lameness on his right pelvic limb caused by a severe type of spinal stenosis, where the nerves in the lower back suddenly become severely compressed.
Vets at CVS Group’s Chestergates Veterinary Specialists diagnosed the issue using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), but were unable to improve the condition with only medical therapy.
Even complex surgery to relieve the compression of the cauda equina nerves with an implant failed, because of the significant stress caused by the movement of this large dog.
As a last chance for Zedek, CVS’ Chestergates orthopaedic and neurology specialists Dr Dave Thomson and Dr Anna Tauro opted to use Neuromed’s new polyaxial screw system¹, which combines strength and stability. The Neuromed team was able to recommend the correct implant size based on CT scans, and arranged a fast shipment.
Zedek undergone successful surgery to relieve the compression: the previous implant was removed and the new implant was placed, and it remains stable at the follow-up check.
Dr Tauro said: “Zedek has been improving and is currently enjoying his life back home with his devoted owner. This was a very complex surgical challenge and we are very pleased we found the right solution. It was particularly helpful that Neuromed acted quickly and were able to discuss the exact specification of the implant for this dog.”
A video of Zedek following his second operation can be seen herehttps://vimeo.com/811370559 .
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