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Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract. 2012 Sep;42(5):1045-50, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cvsm.2012.07.003.

Minimally invasive repair of meta-bones.

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  • 1University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.


Metacarpal and metatarsal fractures are common injuries in small animals and, in most of the cases, can be treated by minimally invasive techniques. Bone plates applied through epi-periosteal tunnels can stabilize meta-bones. Meta-bones III and IV are stabilized by dorsally applied plates. Meta-bones II and V are stabilized using plates applied medially and laterally. The scarcity of soft tissue coverage and the simple anatomy of meta-bones make these fractures amenable to fixation by using minimally invasive techniques. This practice should reduce morbidity and enhance healing time.

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