This image shows a spinal CT scan, with a calcified disc extrusion clearly visible in the spinal canal, compressing the spinal cord.

This dog was referred from Biddeford, Devon with acute onset mild hindlimb paresis which progressed over two days to become non-ambulatory.

After performing a CT scan to identify the site of disc rupture, she was moved to theatre and treated surgically with T13-L1 hemilaminectomy, retrieving the disc material from the canal.

After intensive care including medication and physiotherapy from our dedicated nursing team she was discharged from the hospital five days later.

Our surgeon Colin Whiting has 18 years experience with spinal surgical procedures, and has performed 269 spinal operations whilst here at A30 Referrals in Cornwall, including 37 in the last year.

ct scan calcified disc extrusion A30 Referrals

And just to let you know Colin 2 months on she’s running around like nothing happened, amazing!!

Well done!!


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What a wonderful team!

Pebbles had a short stay in with us post spinal surgery and at discharge her lovely lovely owner….

A kiss for Chester

Rest assured, your pet becomes part of the family here at A30Referrals