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Medial Patella Luxation in a cat

Bella visited us for intermittent lameness on her back leg, after an initial investigation of X-rays at our Adlington branch, Bella was diagnosed with medial patella luxation. Bella was than transferred to our Standish Orthopaedic site.

Medial patella luxation is a condition where the patella (knee-cap) does not stay in its normal position in the groove on the end of the femur (thigh bone) and will pop-out, or luxate, to the medial (inside) surface of the knee.  For most cats with patellar luxation, surgery is recommended sooner rather than later to minimize the likelihood that arthritis will develop.

The technique used to correct the luxation is called a sulcoplasty where the groove in the femur in deepend.  This involves the removal of a wedge or block of cartilage and bone, which is replaced in a recessed position.

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