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CSU Animal Cancer Center Clinical Trial

Patient Disease:
Any disease affecting the forelimb that necessitates amputation

Study Name:

Evaluation of Partial vs. Full Limb Amputation in Dogs

Purpose of the study:

  • To determine functional outcomes associated with partial forelimb (mid-radius/ulna) amputation and prosthetics in canine patients
  • Evaluate an intra-prosthesis pressure mapping system to measure pressure points between limb and prosthesis

Primary Eligibility Criteria:

  • Dogs at least 10 kg (22 lb)
  • Forelimb pathology that requires limb amputation, with a good prognosis to live at least one year
  • Must be able to walk for at least 5 minute intervals
  • Otherwise healthy,  with no other orthopedic or neurologic problems

Study Protocol:

  • Pre-enrollment screening: physical exam/orthopedic exam/gait analysis, goniometry of all limbs, labwork (CBC, chemistry panel, UA), chest and limb x-rays, send home activity monitor
  • Once enrolled: physical exam, x-rays of limb, surgery (partial amputation)
  • Day 7: recheck and bandage change
  • Day 14: recheck, suture removal, initiate prosthesis production
  • When prosthesis is complete: recheck and prosthesis fitting, gait analysis
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 36, 52 weeks post prosthesis fitting: recheck, gait analysis, rehabilitation, activity log (+/- other analyses of gait and pressure points)

Owner Responsibilities:

  • Owner is responsible for costs of diagnostics to determine your pet’s eligibility for the study
  • Expected to make and keep all appointments

Financial Incentives:

  • Study covers costs related to study procedure and prosthetic device, including aftercare, rehabilitation and activity monitor.

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