Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
2 minute read
4 Mar 2021
5:31 am

Knee surgery – for a cat

Asanda Matlhare

Theophylline sustained ‘severe and complicated fracture’ after falling from second-storey window.

Dr Elge Bester, left, and Dr Adriaan Kitshoff perform surgery on Theophylline’s leg.

The Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital, part of the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science, performed a partial knee replacement surgery on a cat in a first for the 100-year-old faculty and the country. The surgery was performed by specialist veterinary surgeon Dr Elge Bester and Dr Adriaan Kitshoff, who used a custom-made artificial groove for the kneecap to glide in, saving the cat from having its right leg amputated. Their patient, Theophylline, a domestic shorthaired cat, was rescued from a parking lot drain as a kitten and quickly warmed the hearts of her rescuers. Theophylline is the name of...