This report describes the use of circular external skeletal fixator (CESF) constructs for the stabilization of unilateral tarsometatarsal arthrodeses in three dogs with traumatic intertarsal or tarsometatarsal fracture/luxation injuries. The application of the CESF was performed following a limited approach to the intertarsal and tarsometatarsal joints. All three of the dogs developed post-operative wire tract inflammation with drainage and two dogs developed osteomyelitis. These complications resolved with systemic antibiotic administration, debridement, and/or wire removal, after which all of the dogs tolerated the CESF well and resumed weight-bearing on the affected limb. The mean time to CESF removal was 16 weeks. The CESF construct provided sufficient stabilization for progressive union of the tarsometatarsal arthrodeses with a good long-term functional outcome in all three of the dogs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology|
|State||Published - Dec 15 2004|
- Circular external fixation
- Tarsal luxation