Dr. Michael Pavletic helped a dog walk again after transplanting a portion of the latissimus dorsi muscle into the dog's triceps area. With rigorous physical therapy following the surgery, the dog has nearly regained full function in the leg.
The patient should be stabilized before anesthesia as anesthesia and surgery can exacerbate pre-existing physiologic compromise.
Kidney failure is a leading cause of death in pet cats, with at least 30% of cats developing this devastating health condition as they age. Many treatment options exist, but they only manage clinical signs and slow disease progression, and are not a cure.
As a general rule, if a primary tumor can be completely excised with acceptable morbidity, surgery is the best choice of treatment.
Many animals with neurologic compromise from SCI can recover just as well, or better, without surgery.