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On the Mend Thanks to Plate-Rod Technique

​Kyle Fanning thought he had lost Little Miss when she jumped out of the window of his pickup truck and  suffered a severe fracture to the shin bone on her left back leg. Little Miss was treated by the Small Animal Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation services, where her fracture was repaired using a  combination of a large pin and plate called "plate-rod" technique.

Today, Little Miss is doing great. She is feeling so good that her surgical team, Drs. Felix Duerr and Seth Bleakley, had to remind Fanning at her eight-week recheck that Little Miss’s bones are not yet completely healed. She still needs to keep her activity level low – not an easy feat for an active, young hunting dog.

Duerr expects a full recovery for Little Miss, and Fanning can’t wait to see her back to work doing what she loves – being a great retriever. The services that treated Little Miss, Small Animal Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, are two areas of the hospital that will gain new space and innovative patient  rehabilitation equipment from the ongoing Veterinary Teaching Hospital renovation.