Case Studies: Fractures – Screws, plates and locking plates

Minimally invasive plate fixation of a tibia fracture in a pup

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...

Read more

MIPO fixation of proximal tibia fracture

A 4 month old cross breed presented with an unstable proximal tibial “dome” fracture ten days after the injury. Unfortunately an initial attempt to stabilise this with a splint dressing had not worked and had in fact caused some dressing sores. This was fixed with a 2.7mm locking plate with 4 screws, placed in minimally...

Read more
preop cc

Pelvis wing fracture, plated

Pelvic fractures are common injuries after road traffic accidents in dogs and cats. The pelvis almost always breaks in at least two places and usually more. One common common component in a pelvic fracture is fracture involving the iliac wings, the flattish bones that form the walls of the pelvis. The iliac wings link the...

Read more
1 (2)

Jaw fracture in a working Spaniel fixed with plates

Reggie, a working spaniel suffered a fractured jaw. The mandible (lower jaw) was broken on both sides. The fractures were initially fixed with wires placed in the mouth. These repairs were backed up with another wire and locking plate applied to each side through an incision in the soft tissues under the jaw. The jaw...

Read more
cox-tommy- - CR from 18-11-2014 S1 I0

Tibial fracture in a cat fixed with locking plate

We often see tibial (shin) bone fractures in cats, and these are often at the lower end of the tibia. These fractures usually do very well with a fixation using a pin down the middle of the tibia and a locking plate screwed onto the medial (inside) surface of the tibia. Sometimes we use wires...

Read more