Broken leg leads to Feline Amputation


By: Dr. Joyce Ashamalla from Hinsdale Animal Hospital

Banjo, a 1 year old male neutered domestic shorthair cat presented to our clinic after an ER visit. Banjo had escaped and went outside unnoticed, but when he returned hours later in the middle of the night, he was severely injured. The ER clinic noted his injuries which ranged from a complete compound fracture of his humerus protruding from the wound to large portions of missing forelimb musculature. The ends of the fracture have debris present and there is a fracture running along the entire shaft of the humerus. On X-rays, there was no evidence of other major chest or abdominal injuries.

The ER suggested amputation immediately. Banjo was brought to us for a second opinion. We discussed treatment options including internal fixation with a plate, external fixation with an external fixator, splinting/bandaging for months, and amputation. The owners weighed all the options and concerned with his quality of life during the healing process of fracture repair, concern for infection and proper healing, they opted to go with amputation. They chose this option knowing he will do great and adjust well to 3 legged life, heal quickly, have no major risks of infection, and he will be back to his normal energetic self within ten days.

The surgery went well with no major complications. He returned for suture removal ten days later and, according to the family, he is doing great, is back to his normal self and getting along 3 legged with no issues. They were happy                                                                      with their decision.

                                                                     Way to go, Banjo!