By hayfieldani21276560, Dec 3 2018 08:58PM
Logan, my son's year old cat, has a bad habit of playing near the upstairs bannister. While I didn't hear the thump, one evening I saw that she was limping on three paws with her right front paw held in the air, and when it wasn't better in the morning, I figured she had taken a fall. After a physical exam and an x-ray, it was pretty obvious that while cats do often land on their feet, that's not to say that they land unharmed!
The surgery was planned for an hour but ended up taking three! The after x-ray shows the story pretty well -- the wire was put into the loose process, reattached to the ulna, and wired into position so that it would give a chance for the bone to heal and the muscle regain its attachment.
Note the bit of bone floating around right by her elbow. That should have stayed attached to her ulna, but somehow the shock of her fall broke that bit off. The triceps muscle (used to pull the arm back) attaches to the ulna along a bony process, but probably as she braced herself to land, the process broke off and the triceps tendon had nothing to pull on. We discussed options for Logan, and since she is just a year old, it made sense to try a repair on her arm so that she could get as much out of life as would be possible. With that, the decision was to schedule her for repair surgery.