Age: 3 Yrs. Old
Adoption Fee: $550.00
Special Needs: no
ON TEMPORARY MEDICAL HOLD
Welcome 3 year old Ellie May Lou to rescue. Her parents contacted us with an emergency situation. Ellie May had dislocated her hip and needed surgery. The family could not afford the surgery and had other things going on that would make the recuperation and rehab very difficult. So they made the only choice they could. They let the love of their life go to rescue. They said she is a super sweet gal and loves kids.
The surrender was made at the clinic Sunday. Additional X-rays were done and our orthopedic surgeon examined her today. The socket of her hip is almost non-existent and there is very little likelihood the hip will stay in place.
He is reviewing the films, but he will most likely perform a Femoral Head Osteotomy. An FHO is a surgical procedure to remove the head and neck of the femur (the long leg bone or thighbone). The muscles of the leg will initially hold the femur in place and, over time, scar tissue will form between the socket and the femur to provide cushioning that is referred to as a ‘false joint.’ Although this joint is anatomically very different from a normal hip joint, it provides pain-free mobility in most patients. Dr. Lay feels she is a perfect candidate for this procedure.
We will schedule the surgery as soon as possible. Ellie May Lou had to be sedated during her exam today and was so sleepy when I saw her. She was not a good subject for pictures today. We will get some in the next day or two and post them. But we do have one her parents sent us.
1/15/129 Update: Ellie May Lou here. Sorry I was so sleepy yesterday to pose for my pictures. As you can see I am a little on the plus size. But I was so angry today when someone asked if I were pregnant! Well guess what? My tests came back and I have hypothyroid. See there, it’s not my fault. Just a little ol pill every day and I’ll be back to normal in no time. I know I need to lose some weight to keep pressure off my hips.
I met this nice doctor and they are scheduling my surgery and will get me all fixed up. And my favorite thing to do is to get all the belly rubs I can.
1/23/19 Update: Foster girl Ellie May Lou did well coming through her hip surgery! The doctor did an open surgical reduction to save her hip. We’re told the socket was in pretty good shape. The doc reconstructed the joint capsule. It was augmented with two screws, spiked bone washers and four strands of nylon multifilament. Now, it’s six weeks of rest for this pretty girl. Her surgery bill was $1,306, but we know she’ll feel like a million bucks soon!
3/20/19 Update: Ellie May has had a tough several weeks. First she had her dislocated hip put back in place with plates and screws. But she was so heavy the metal bent and had to be removed. When the surgeon did that, he was never able to get the joint to stay in place. So he performed a femoral head osteotomy (FHO). This is a surgical removal of the head and neck of the femur. In simpler terms, it is the removal of the “ball” part of the ball-and-socket that makes up the hip joint. This is not an uncommon procedure and will enable her to have a pretty normal and pain free life.
So she is now going through several more weeks of leash walking and therapy at the clinic. Heather spends time with her each day for her therapy and takes her home over the weekend to continue the therapy there. And in spite of not being able to move that much she has lost over 10 pounds. Her weight is now close to where it needs to be.