"Ben" - Bionic Ben
Whippets are designed with only one thing in mind. Their sleek build and long limbs ensure that they can travel at speeds most dogs can only dream about.
Sadly those aerodynamic features come at a price. For if they encounter an unanticipated obstacle when in full flight then they are not noted for their level of robustness. So it was with "Ben" who was out enjoying himself with his owner when disaster struck.
Realising the seriousness of his injury with his shattered bone protruding through his skin his owner carried him almost 2 miles to his car and then onto Fairfield. A feat worthy of applause when you appreciate Ben's owner is over 90 years old!
This type of injury offers its own particular challenges in creating an environment where healing can occur. Not least simply pulling the broken bone ends back together. The application of an external/internal fixator is a very neat solution for this problem. It allows 2 surgeons (Agnieszka and myself) the opportunity to literally pull the bone ends apart so that they can once again be apposed and then to be held in position with an external connecting bar using special clamps. The subsequent radiographs show the tremendous capacity that animals have to heal those damaged tissues themselves.
After 30 years of treating patients it still amazes me how incredible the process of bone healing is and how the owners always believe that it was somehow me that did it!
Won't be long now before Ben is back in top gear although I suspect that his owner will be hoping he is a little more careful about where he puts his feet!