Tiger has undoubtedly suffered a setback in rare hip replacement surgery.

Tiger has undoubtedly suffered a setback in rare hip replacement surgery.

BROOKFIELD: An Amur tiger, who underwent hip-replacement surgery at a zoo outside Chicago, succeeded Brookfield Zoo veterinarians in disliking orthopedic implants on Thursday. Malaina recovered from Wednesday’s surgery, but as she began walking overnight, a custom made implant in a femur was scrapped.
The 10-year-old tiger will undergo surgery on Saturday to remove the implant and perform an alternative procedure that will allow a fibrous joint to form and provide stability to the joint to his leg muscles.
Dr. Mike Adkesson said veterinarians knew the novel’s surgery was at risk of complications.
“On going into surgery, we knew that it was not successful, yet we had a secondary option to relieve him of his troubles,” Adkesson said.
“While he does not have a high level of function we were hoping to restore with innovative total hip replacement, Malina can move around comfortably without pain in her hip.”
Veterinarians at Brookfield Zoo said that like humans, animals also develop degenerative problems in their joints by age. When the tiger, Malena, arrived at the zoo last year, she had already been diagnosed with hip arthritis and was receiving painkillers.
Dr., an orthopedic surgeon from the University of Missouri who led the surgery team. James Cook said the 6.5-hour surgery was very challenging and took longer than expected. But he said that the operation was successful and the tiger felt a full range of motion in his hip after the procedure.
Cook will again assist the veterinary team to perform this surgical surgery based on the original contingency plan. Malina will remain at the zoo’s animal hospital until then.
The Amur tiger – also known as the Siberian tiger – once roamed Russia and China, but is now endangered; Their population in the wild is estimated at between 500 and 600 animals.

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