Canine Elbow Realignment Osteotomy (CERO)
CERO is a prototype system designed by Orthomed, for the correction of elbow incongruity secondary to elbow dysplasia or premature growth plate closure. Wear Referrals is one of only a select few hospitals worldwide trailing this system.
It permits precise lengthening of either the radius or ulna bones in 1mm increments to restore normal alignment of the elbow joint, based on measurements taken from CT scans of the elbow.
We are happy to accept referrals for assessment for suitability for this surgery.
Proximal Abducting Ulnar Osteotomy (PAUL)
Elbow dysplasia, specifically medial coronoid process disease (MCPD), is a common and debilitating condition which results in damage to, and progressive loss of, cartilage from the elbow joint. This typically affects the inside of the elbow joint first.
PAUL surgery involves making a cut in the proximal ulna bone and applying a stepped plate to the bone to abduct the ulna which, in term, may re-distribute load from the inside to the outside of the elbow joint. Subjectively, 80 per cent of dogs have improved lameness six to 12 months after this surgery.
BioMedtrix TATE Elbow Replacement
We are one of only a handful of hospitals in the UK certified by BioMedtrix to perform TATE elbow replacement surgery. Our head of orthopaedics, Neil Burton, has extensive experience of this surgical procedure having published several papers in the peer reviewed literature on this joint replacement system.
We are happy to see dogs with lameness due to elbow osteoarthritis to discuss suitability for this surgery. A computer-generated animation of this surgery is available below.