Ruff Recovery

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Monday, December 10, 2012 - 8:47am

Dog undergoes first-of-its kind muscle transplant.

Bella, a border collie, faces a "ruff" recovery after a first-of-its-kind surgery.

Bella seriously injured her leg falling off furniture three months ago. But thanks to landmark muscle transplant surgery performed at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, she can go for walks again.

"The leg was actually pulled back to the side. The dog had triceps muscle -- which are the muscles right behind the elbow and above the elbow area-- that were damaged and contracted that was pulling the leg backwards," said Dr. Michael Pavletic, Angell Animal Medical Center.

Dr. Michael Pavletic, the head of surgery at Angell, was able to transplant muscle from Bella's back to her front leg and then trained the muscle to do the work of a leg muscle.
 

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