Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Amputation: thoracic limb

Contributor(s): Laura Owen

Introduction

  • Amputation of the forelimb at the level of the mid-humerus.

Uses

  • Neoplasia Bone tumor: overview  Humerus: osteosarcoma - gross appearance .
  • Irreparable fractures or dislocations.
  • Incapacitating neurological disease, eg brachial plexus injury Brachial plexus: avulsion.
  • Severe osteomyelitis Osteomyelitis.
  • Incapacitating and medically unresponsive degenerative joint disease    .
  • Congenital or acquired limb deformity.
  • Severe soft tissue damage, eg degloving injuries and ischemia.
    Print off the owner factsheet Caring for the amputee cat  Caring for the amputee cat to give to your client.

Advantages

  • The procedure is usually a 'salvage' option when no possibility of retention of a functional limb exists, due to failure of other treatments or due to the expected course of a neoplastic condition.

Disadvantages

  • Some cat owners may find the appearance of their pet distressing, especially initially.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Depends on the reasons for amputation. If the primary disease is treated successfully, most cats cope very well with forelimb amputation.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers


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