Case courtesy of Dr. Matt Corse, DVM, MS, ACVS and Dr. Kenneth Greenwood, DVM, MS, ACVS of Northlake Veterinary Surgery, Clarkston, GA
Surgical revisions are a reality of veterinary orthopaedics. Patients are often referred to a specialist when something goes awry. In a referral practice, patients often present needing a second, third, or even fourth surgical procedure on the same site. This is especially common with orthopaedic trauma cases; complex fractures can result in nonunion or necessitate additional surgical interventions to ensure fixation.
This was the case for “Razor,” a 14 month-old Laborador who was referred to Northlake Veterinary Surgery. Razor presented with an external fixator in place due to a fracture repair that had failed. Radiographs were first taken with the external fixator in place.
The external fixator was then removed, and additional views were taken.
A surgical femur fracture revision was performed using allografts from Veterinary Transplant Services. Surgeon Dr. Matt Corse used a canine metatarsal segment to bridge the defect left behind once the surgical site was fully debrided. The site was then packed with Orthomix and closed.
The segmental and particulate allografts are both osteoinductive and osteoconductive, and facilitate remarkable bone healing. Razor recovered well and eventually the fracture site had healed enough to have the plate removed. Union was acheived at the fracture site, and the repair stable. In these follow-up radiographs, the fracture site is hardly visible.
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