Use of circular external skeletal fixator constructs to stabilize tarsometatarsal arthrodeses in three dogs

K. B. Halling, D. D. Lewis, R. W. Jones, R. C. Hill, G. M. Anderson

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Abstract

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 languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-209
Number of pages6
JournalVeterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Volume17
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 15 2004

Keywords

  • Arthrodesis
  • Circular external fixation
  • Tarsal luxation

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