Treatment of extremity fractures in dogs using external fixators with closed reduction and limited open approach
S. ÖZSOY, K. ALTUNATMAZhttps://doi.org/10.17221/5760-VETMEDCitation:ÖZSOY S., ALTUNATMAZ K. (2003): Treatment of extremity fractures in dogs using external fixators with closed reduction and limited open approach. Veterinarni Medicina, 48: 133-140.
Humerus, tibia and antebrachium fractures determined in 30 dogs of different breed, age, weight and gender were treated using Type I and II external fixators. Meynard and handcuff clamps were used in the external fixators. Limited open approach was applied in 6 of the cases and closed reduction techniques in 24. In cases where closed reduction and stabilisation was done, the patients were seen to use their leg within 3–10 days post-operatively and that walking was reasonably good after 20 days. In cases to which a limited open approach had been applied, use of leg was achieved in a period close to the closed method.Keywords:
dog; fracture; external skeletal fixation; closed reduction; limited open approach