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16 July 2019
25 April 2007
Hi Maria, welcome. Sorry to hear about Georgie’s diagnosis. But you’ll see here that we’ve had quite a few Trikitty members with osteosarcoma who did great and went on to live long, hoppy lives on three.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of a debulking surgery for osteosarcoma. Was it subcutaneous?
Regarding prosthetics : if you click on the link you will see all of our current information about them. What the assistant may have been thinking of, as far as a metal rod, was implanted prosthetics . These are still in the experimental stage (see below link to interview with Dr. Marcelin-Little: he actually pioneered the use of prosthetic implants).
For the right animal, a prosthetic of any kind can really boost quality of life! You are right in asking your oncology surgeon to leave as much of the leg as possible, because artificial limbs have to be considered before surgery.
However, keep in mind that in this interview with prosthetics expert Dr. Denis Marcelin-Little, he explains that for total success of a prosthtic, a dog or cat needs at least two joints left on the affected limb. Where is the tumor on Georgie’s leg?