Case: Minimally invasive plate fixation of a tibia fracture in a pup
30th September 2020
This tibia fracture in a growing dog was un-displaced, and was fixed in minimally invasive fashion with a locking plate that was slid along the bone between two small wounds. We never went anywhere near the fracture itself. The wounds were just big enough to slide the plate in and place a few screws at the top and the bottom. The advantage is that the wounds are small, little surgical trauma is caused and the blood supply to the fracture, which is what will ultimately allow it to heal, is not damaged. We used a locking plate which doesn’t need to be tightly against the bone to work, unlike conventional bone plates.