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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2005 Dec;21(3):691-711, vii.

Arthrodesis techniques in horses.

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  • 1Oakridge Equine Hospital, 6675 East Waterloo Road, Edmond, OK 73034, USA. zubrod@oakridgevet.com

Abstract

When medical therapy and surgical treatments of an injured joint fail to return the animal to athletic performance or comfortable use of the limb, arthrodes is is a final option for some joints. Arthrodesis refers to the surgical fusion of a joint, resulting in bony ankylosis. Successful arthrodesis requires debridement of the articular cartilage through the calcified cartilage layer, exposing the subchondral bone; alignment of the joint into a weight-bearing position; and stabilization. The methods by which these steps are accomplished are variable, depending on the individual joint. There are currently accepted methods for arthrodesis of several joints in the horse; however, not all joints are amenable to arthrodesis. Case selection is an important aspect of performing arthrodesis procedures in horses.

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