Staffordshire Bull Terrier
10 years
What Happened
Cruciate surgery

Bubs is a very special 10 year old Staffie and dear friend to his
devoted owner. He has had more than his fair-share of bad luck over the
past few years.
We recently had to repeat surgery on a nasty tumour on his side- a
soft-tissue sarcoma. These tumours are often hard to remove completely
and while thankfully they don't tend to spread they commonly re-grow.
This was the case for Bubs, but no sooner had he recovered from this he
was showing lameness with his right hind leg. This was an all too
familiar sight for his owner as Bubs had needed surgery on his left knee
for cruciate disease nearly two years ago.
It not uncommon for cruciate ligament disease to affect both legs and
sure enough examination and an xray confirmed our fears that another
surgery was required. His owner had no hesitation as he could see that
Bubs was in pain and they were not able to go for their usual walks.

Cruciate disease is a common cause of chronic hindlimb lameness in dogs,
with certain breeds such as Labradors, Rottweilers, Springer Spaniels
and Jack Russells among the most common we see locally. The cruciate
ligament is critical to stability of the canine stifle or 'knee' joint,
it can be injured acutely when exercising but more commonly the ligament
degenerates over time and eventually fails, leading to further damage,
swelling and arthritis of the joint. Without surgery many dogs will be
lame for many months or even years.
We were able to offer Bubs a new surgical option for management of this
problem which involves placing a titanium 'foam' wedge into the tibia,
which stabilises the stifle joint. Early signs are that this allows dogs
to use their leg earlier and much more comfortably than the previous
surgery Bubs had on his other leg.
Bubs always takes these things in his stride and has coped with his
operations bravely, this one was no exception as he walked out of the
surgery the next morning ready to go home!

Bubs 2