• 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.

Our vets at West Midlands Referrals never went anywhere near the fracture itself.

The wounds were 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 minor, little surgical trauma is caused, and the blood supply to the fracture, which is what will ultimately allow it to heal, is not damaged.

Unlike conventional bone plates, we used a locking plate that doesn’t need to be tight against the bone.

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