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J Small Anim Pract. 1998 Jan;39(1):19-22.

Arthrodesis of the tarsometatarsal joint using a laterally applied plate in 10 dogs.

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Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge.


The efficacy of tarsometatarsal arthrodesis using a laterally applied plate was evaluated retrospectively in 10 dogs (11 joints). Arthrodesis was performed to manage a tarsometatarsal subluxation in two hocks; in the other cases, the tarsometatarsal subluxation was accompanied by tarsal or metatarsal fractures. The average period to referral was 15 days and all dogs had been managed with previous external coaptation of the affected limb. Arthrodesis was achieved in all the joints following initial surgery. Implant removal was indicated in three dogs which remained intermittently lame. Implants were left in situ in the remaining seven dogs. After an average follow-up period of 28 months, all dogs had resumed normal activity. Seven dogs were reported to be completely sound, one was stiff after rest following vigorous exercise and two had an intermittent mild lameness following strenuous exercise.

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