Scooter K 20030 has been diagnosed with a diaphragmatic hernia (see detailed info below). Cost estimates for the procedures only are at around $5,200.
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Scooter was initially evaluated by an RMCR Veterinarian for hind limb lameness during his Rescue Intake Exam. At the time, a hernia was incidentally found on x-rays.
On Thursday, July 9, 2020, Scooter was taken into surgery for repair and surgical reduction of a peritoneal pericardial diaphragmatic hernia (PPDH). This is a congenital condition in which there is an abnormal opening through the diaphragm allowing abdominal organs to herniate into the chest and into the pericardial sac (the sac around the heart). Scooter's stomach, spleen, liver, and intestines were within the pericardial sac and had to be repositioned back into the abdomen. He did well in surgery and after 24 hours in intensive care Scooter was taken home by his foster mom. He is recovering well and is returning to his sweet and loving ways with high spirits.
Additionally, Scooter will benefit from surgical correction of both knees to address his severe bilateral patellar luxation. This means that his kneecaps are permanently luxated / dislocated to the inside of his leg making it so that he cannot extend his knee joints. This will involve complex procedures to realign the kneecaps and will have to wait until after full recovery from the recent hernia surgery, and until RMCR can raise the funds for these procedures. The estimate for the knee surgery will be posted when we are farther along with Scooter's current recovery.