PATIENT STORIES

Read through a range of our patient stories below.

Surgery

Internal Medicine

Cancer Care

Endoscopy / Arthroscopy / Laparoscopy

Medical Imaging

2021-07-17T03:20:50+10:00

Theo

Theo is a lovely British Blue who presented to Southpaws with lameness in his left hind leg. After Xrays revealed capital physeal dysplasia with separation of the femoral head on both sides of Theo’s hips. Southpaws specialist surgeon performed a Total Hip Replacement. Craniolateral approaches to each hip side were made. The joint capsules were incised and the coxofemoral joint luxated. Size 12 acetabular cups were fitted. The femur was prepared and a size 3 stem fitted with liquid PMMA inserted into the femoral canal. A +2 8mm head was placed. Theo recovered well from his surgery requiring lots of crate rest, which he didn’t like much. Upon release Theo resumed a normal happy and healthy life. Southpaws specialist surgeons can perform a wide range of orthopaedic surgeries from Total Hip Replacement to TPLO and fracture repairs.

2021-07-17T03:22:54+10:00

Scarlett

Scarlett is a beautiful 3 year old Australian Shepherd, she presented to Southpaws suffering from bilateral elbow dysplasia. Our surgical team performed a bilateral subtotal coronoidectomy (removal of bone fragment from the elbows) and a right biceps ulnar release procedure (BURP). The BURP process releases part of the biceps muscle from the bone, removing the potential for this connection to interfere with the articulation of the elbow. Scarlett went home very happily with mum today.

2021-07-17T03:26:59+10:00

Ralph

Ralph is a beautiful 1 year old French Bulldog who came to see Southpaws for medial patella luxation. Patella luxation (dislocation) is a condition where the knee cap rides outside the femoral groove when the knee is flexed. It can be further characterised as medial or lateral, depending on whether the kneecap rides on the inner or on the outer aspect of the stifle (knee) respectively. A tibial crest transposition (TCT) was performed to realign Ralph’s patella and it’s insertion site, to prevent the patella from continuing to luxate. Ralph recovered well after an overnight stay in hospital and is now living happily with his family. Southpaws specialist surgeons have years of experience in orthopaedic surgery including elective and trauma related surgeries. Other canine knee related issues include cruciate disease and Southpaws surgeons can perform TPLO, TTA, CBLO and extracapsular techniques for this condition.

2021-07-17T03:24:16+10:00

Fritz

Fritz is a miniature Dachshund who presented to Southpaws with pain around his back legs when patted and he just wasn’t his usual spritely self. Intervertebral disc disease was suspected and confirmed via a CT scan. IVDD is common amongst canine breeds with elongated spines and short legs such as Dachshunds, Bulldogs, Basset Hounds. Corgis and Beagles but it can also occur with larger breeds such as German Shepherds, Retrievers and Dobermans. IVDD is often genetic but other factors such as obesity and trauma can contribute. Surgery decompresses the spinal cord by managing any herniation or protrusion of disc material. In Fritz’s case Southpaws surgeons identified a large mineralised disc extrusion at L1-L2. Surgery was performed via a right sided hemilaminectomy to relieve pressure on the spinal column. Southpaws specialist surgeons have performed many thousands of neurosurgery operations including decompression, resection, distraction and stabilisation of the spine.

2019-03-12T21:49:09+11:00

Clayton

Clayton was a star patient, he had stifle surgery for tibial tuberosity distolateralisation. Clayton had a condition called medial patella luxation, where the conformation of the tibia (shin bone) pulls the patella (knee cap) in the wrong direction causing it to move out of its groove. This condition if left untreated can cause early arthritis and pain. The surgery involves moving some of the tibial bone into a new position with bone pins so that the patella (and Clayton) stays in its groove. Southpaws specialist surgeons have years of experience in orthopaedic surgery including elective and trauma related surgeries. Other canine knee related issues include cruciate disease and Southpaws surgeons can perform TPLO, TTA, CBLO and extracapsular techniques for this condition.

2021-07-17T03:28:03+10:00

Ba Bing

This gorgeous little munchkin is Ba Bing, a 4 year old Yorkshire Terrier who presented to us with grade 3 medial patella luxation and complete rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament. An extracapsular repair was performed which involves placing a synthetic implant outside the stile joint to mimic the action of the cranial cruciate ligament. A tibial crest transposition (TCT) was also performed, which aims to realign the patella and its insertion site to prevent the patella from continuing to luxate. Ba Bing was very brave. Southpaws specialist surgeons have years of experience in orthopaedic surgery including elective and trauma related surgeries. Other canine knee related issues include cruciate disease and Southpaws surgeons can perform TPLO, TTA, CBLO and extracapsular techniques for this condition.

2019-05-08T14:13:29+10:00

Rex

Hi my name is Rex. I started having fits a couple of weeks ago, had a terrible headache and felt angry and scared all the time. It turns out I had a brain tumour of all things! I went to visit Southpaws and Dr Charles Kuntz and Dr Kath Duncan actually took my brain tumour out through my eye socket ! I spent three days in hospital afterwards under the care of Dr Paul Crocker and I was up and walking again and ready to go home. Since then I have felt amazing and back to my happy old self. To all you other pups, OK and cats, you should know that brain tumours don’t always mean disaster. Southpaws specialist surgeons have performed thousands of successful brain and spine surgeries on dogs and cats between them, and pet owners can go and see them for a free consultation by referral. They have all the latest imaging including CT, Xray, endoscopy and fluoroscopy and surgical equipment, just like a hooman hospital.

2021-07-17T03:19:09+10:00

Darcy

This is Darcy – she had a transorbital craniotomy to remove a tumour associated with the olfactoray bulb of the brain. This part of the brain is responsible for smell but should not be affected. Darcy has had an amazing recovery thus far, always full of beans and letting us all know how well she is feeling. Even the very next day after surgery she was walking outside and wagging her tail like nothing had even happened!