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You dictate the treatment on your cat. If you say..."hey, I want a splint on the leg for 3-4 weeks...and then lets see where we are..." the vets will agree. You decide the fate not us.
It is not common for a cat to just break the fibula so they may be trying to figure out if there is a deeper problem.
You do not need to go to the specialist if you don't want too, but I in several studies across the nation...who have taken in healthy animals to vets to see if they will overcharge or recommend unneccessary treatments 99.9% of them did not. We are a pretty honest bunch of professionals with limited extra time. We don't need to make work for ourselves, I feel that you will be given options with success rates, it is up to you to decide what you want to do.
Please let me know if there is a specific question you would like me to further answer.
I will be honest, I can't even makeup what could be wrong enough with the fibula to warrant surgery. The only thing I can stretch is an actual involvement of the joint.
Why don't you call and just say..."Hey, I have a friend who is a vet and I am having a hard time communicating with them about my cats problem...can you explain it more medically so I can tell my friend?"...then write down what they say. I am hoping they describe the fracture to you and any other terms that haven't been explained to you.
We can try that..since I don't have access to the xrays.