Adorable Olli has had a lot to deal with, but it has not stopped him from being sweet and adorable 24 hours a day. This tiny puppy was sore for a couple of weeks from a hernia repair. The hernia surgery took a lot more out of Olli than the fractured leg because of the size of the hernia.
What most people don't realize is that hernias that are old have developed extensive scar tissue around the organs that have herniated. Unless you address a hernia right after it happens, this is always going to be an issue. It seems like we are becoming experts with hernias of all kinds because of the surgeries we have performed. Olli's hernia caused him to form a blood seroma that added to his discomfort. That eventually was absorbed by the body but caused him to have more discomfort than usual.
Most hernias come from some form of blunt force trauma. We see a lot of small pups that have been kicked and the others we are seeing are from being hit by a car. In Olli's case (because of his tiny size) he was probably kicked and kicked so hard that he leg was also fractured. Both hernia and femur fracture was old enough for scar tissue and callus to have formed.
Dr. Dan Mertens at Carolina Vet. Specialists in Charlotte, NC had his work cut out for him when he did these two procedures. The hernia was massive, and organs had to be cut away from the opening where adhesions had formed. The area where the organs would generally be had shrunk in size and was now very tight once they were put back in place. That has caused Olli the pain he has been having.
The Femur Repair surgery went the same way as the hernia procedure. Lots of adhesions and callus had formed. The distal femur was exposed, and excess callus was trimmed to allow manipulation of the fracture fragments. The fracture was reduced and secured with Kirschner wires placed in a cross fashion. Due to the chronicity of the fracture, stable reduction could only be achieved with the distal femur placed in a slightly varus position which results in a decreased Q angle of the knee joint.
Because of Olli's small size, he has adapted well to his femur surgery. He did not want to use the leg in the beginning but has begun to place the leg on the ground when he walks. He needs to be on restricted exercise for another couple of weeks but has improved dramatically over the last week.
It seems like we have had one Medical Abuse Case after another for the past month. We have Medical Bills on top of Medical Bills. Please, Donate toward Olli's two surgical procedures. When we first sent him around we did not even get enough funds to cover his first procedure, much less two significant surgeries and his ICU stay. We are 100% Donation based. We can only do what we do with your Support. Please, Donate toward this special pup that is pure LOVE in a tiny package.