Elbow Arthrodesis Using a Medially Positioned Plate in 6 Dogs

McCarthy, Jessica, Comerford, Eithne J ORCID: 0000-0002-5244-6042, Innes, John F and Pettitt, Rob A ORCID: 0000-0001-8710-5830
(2020) Elbow Arthrodesis Using a Medially Positioned Plate in 6 Dogs. VETERINARY AND COMPARATIVE ORTHOPAEDICS AND TRAUMATOLOGY, 33 (1). pp. 51-58.

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<h4>Objective</h4> The aim of this study was to report the surgical technique, associated complications and clinical outcome of elbow arthrodesis using a medially positioned plate.<h4>Study design</h4> This was a retrospective case series.<h4>Results</h4> Six cases met the inclusion criteria. In all cases, the elbow was approached medially without the requirement for ulnar osteotomy. A non-locking 2.7/3.5- mm pre-contoured elbow arthrodesis plate was applied in 5/6 cases and a 2.0-mm String of Pearls plate applied in one case. The mean angle of arthrodesis was 118° (range: 113-130°). One major intraoperative complication occurred. Three minor and 3 major postoperative complications occurred. Postoperative imaging was available for 5/6 cases. Complete arthrodesis was confirmed by imaging in 4/5 cases, partial progression of arthrodesis was documented in 1/5 cases and no further images were deemed necessary. Postoperative Liverpool Osteoarthritis in Dogs score was available for two cases with scores of 20/52 and 10/52, respectively. Subjective outcomes in the remaining three cases were rated as acceptable more than 1 year postoperatively.<h4>Conclusion</h4> Positioning the plate medially for elbow arthrodesis simplified the surgical approach, could be performed with a pre-contoured plate and allowed successful revision of an arthrodesis previously stabilized with a caudally positioned plate. The cases in this series had acceptable outcomes despite a high risk of complications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: elbow, arthrodesis, medial plate, angle of arthrodesis, outcome of elbow arthrodesis, dogs
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 14:01
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 00:11
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1694783
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3069399