Universal Hip
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Panja's Information

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Birthday: 2005
Breed: Asian Snow Leopard
Date of Surgery: December 15, 2011
Product: BFX Hip
Surgeons: Dr. Randy Acker; Sun Valley Animal Center, Ketchum, Idaho
Referring Veterinarian: Dr. Rhonda Aliah; Skyline Animal Clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho

Panja, a 95# snow leopard housed at the Idaho Falls Tautphaus Park Zoo received a BioMedtrix Total Hip Replacement (THR) on December 15th, 2011.

Prior to surgery, Panja’s caretakers noticed a slight limp when he walked. After administering non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for nearly two months, Panja continued to walk with difficulty and wasn’t showing signs of improvement zoo officials were hoping for. Radiograph images were taken shortly thereafter which revealed arthritis in both hips, although the right hip was significantly worse.

Zoo officials consulted with specialists and quickly agreed a THR would likely provide Panja with pain relief while increasing his mobility.

Fortunately, Dr. Randy Acker, a veterinary orthopedic specialist and the owner of Sun Valley Animal Center was a short drive away. During the two hour procedure, Dr. Acker and his technicians, Denise Young, and Eszter Smith, replaced the arthritic right hip with a BioMedtrix BFX #6 stem and a 28 mm cup. Although a malignant tumor was detected during surgery, Dr. Acker was able to remove a portion which extended Panja’s life through breeding season.

Snow leopards are an endangered species from the mountains of Central Asia. Conservation organizations report approximately 6,000 snow leopards living in the wild, with an additional 370 in captivity.

For more information or to contribute towards the preservation of snow leopards, please contact http://snowleopardblog.com/about/conservation-groups/.

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