Osseointegration Gives Siberian Husky Chance to Walk Again

ISE’s Dr. Ola Harrysson will meet with the press on Wednesday, March 30 at 2 p.m. at the College of Veterinary Medicine at NCSU, along with Dr. Marcellin-Little and the owner of Zeus, a Siberian husky who will undergo surgery to osseointegrate a new prosthetic leg to replace his injured left ankle. Zeus is a five-year-old husky who loves to play in the snow, and this operation will give him a new chance to enjoy his favorite season without being limited by the injury he received as a puppy.

Currently, ISE is the only department in the world that can manufacture these prosthetic limbs in-house. In 2005, Dr. Harrysson and Dr. Marcellin-Little collaborated together to give a cat named George Baily two hind legs. Dr. Harrysson and his students have designed and streamlined the manufacturing process, and Dr. Marcellin-Little has performed the surgeries.

Zeus’ surgery will begin at 10:30 a.m. on March 31. This will be the third surgery at NC State of its kind that gives pets a new chance at life.