Long-term evaluation of bicipital tenodesis with T-staple in three dogs: a case report

https://doi.org/10.17221/8768-VETMEDCitation:Pinna S., De Giorgi A., Spinella G. (2016): Long-term evaluation of bicipital tenodesis with T-staple in three dogs: a case report. Veterinarni Medicina, 61: 162-168.
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The purpose of this report is to describe the T-staple tenodesis of biceps brachii in three client-owned dogs and long-term ultrasonographic follow-ups. The orthopaedic examination revealed grade 2/4 (n = 2) and 3/4 (n = 1) lameness, moderate pain on passive movement and positivity to the tendon biceps test with a complete extension of the elbow during the flexion of the shoulder (Cases 1 and 2). Ultrasound examination was crucial for diagnosis of partial or complete rupture and tenosynovitis of biceps tendon. Surgical tenodesis was carried out with a metal T-staple. One-year ultrasound follow-up was performed, confirming the correct integration of the staple on the bicipital fibres and the absence of macroscopic tendon injury or degenerative disease. The results suggest that the metal T-staple could be a good alternative for bicipital tenodesis in dogs.
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