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  1. thx

    thx Member

    Feb 19, 2011
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    After thirty years of unblemished vet practice the state board claims I
    committed malpractice. I saw an emergency HBC (hit by car). Radiograph
    showed the left hip in six pieces. What I've done in the past is called an
    FHO (femoral head ostectomy). In essence the hip is a ball and socket,
    kinda like the front end of my VW. I cut off the ball and smooth the bone
    fragments. The femur is no longer connected to the hip and the gap fills
    in with scar tissue. Scar tissue has no nerve endings and it's a
    functional repair. A normal hip has 180 degrees of rotation but after an
    FHO the hip has about 12 degrees of rotation. That's good enough for
    anything except a racing hound.

    It's a long story but the upshot is I left a fragment of rubber
    glove--1cmX1cm--in the surgical field and it got infected. The state vet
    board says that's malpractice. They're ordering me to take a 16-hour
    course in orthopedic surgery. Plus a letter of censure goes permanently
    into my file with the board. That's the part my attorney is arguing.


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