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Cat’s Connections Lead to Lifesaving Kidney Surgery

Posted: Feb. 13, 2014, 1:25 p.m. EST

They say it’s who you know.

Oki’s familial connections—the 8-year-old Burmese cat is owned by two veterinarians employed at the University of California, Davis—certainly didn’t hurt when her kidneys began to fail.

 Karl Jandrey
Oki’s favorite spot is atop the shoulders of her owner, UC Davis veterinarian Karl Jandrey.
Diagnosed with an obstruction in her right ureter—the result of a birth defect—Oki underwent subcutaneous ureteral bypass surgery at UC Davis’ William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

The procedure is relatively new, having been performed in the past year at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts and at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The technique involves creating a new ureter out of tubing to connect the kidney to the bladder and bypass the original ureter.

The surgery, performed by UC Davis’ soft tissue surgery service, undoubtedly saved the cat’s life, as medications provided only temporary relief and her condition continued to worsen.

Oki’s surgery was a success and she has steadily improved.

This new technique, which was featured in February as UC Davis’ Case of the Month, holds tremendous promise for cats with ureter issues, according to a School of Veterinary Medicine spokesman.


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The article fails to mention and give credit to the pioneers of the SUB (subcutaneous ureteral bypass) procedure - Dr. Allyson Berent and Dr. Chick Weisse, currently at The Animal Medical Center in New York, where they have performed the surgery numerous times, including on my own cat last year. Your article may be misleading to readers by failing to credit them, as well as result in missed opportunities for this lifesaving surgery for the many pets in this metropolitan area.
Tina Waltke, DVM, New York, NY
Posted: 2/18/2014 2:30:32 PM
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