06/28/2010 // Surrey, London, England // TiffNews10 // News Desk
London – A cat who had two paws amputated has been given prosthetic limbs. As reported by AFP, the cat, Oscar, had surgery to receive the bionic limbs, called intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthetics (Itaps), November of last year. The revolutionary surgery was performed by Surrey-based veterinary surgeon, Noel Fitzpatrick. Professor Gordon Blunn led a University College of London team in developing the prosthetics.
Fitzpatrick is quoted in the report as stating of the surgery, “The real revolution with Oscar is [that] we have put a piece of metal and a flange into which skin grows into an extremely tight bone… We have managed to get the bone and skin to grow into the implant and we have developed an ‘exoprosthesis’ that allows this implant to work as a see-saw on the bottom of an animal’s limbs to give him effectively normal gait.”
As noted in the report, the cat will be featured in an upcoming documentary series called, The Bionic Vet, on BBC One.
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