Treatment of extremity fractures in dogs using external fixators with closed reduction and limited open approach

Ozsoy S. , Altunatmaz K.

VETERINARNI MEDICINA, vol.48, no.5, pp.133-140, 2003 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 48 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.17221/5760-vetmed
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.133-140


Humerus, tibia and antebrachium fractures determined in 30 dogs of different breed, age, weight and gender were treated using Type I and II external fixators. Meynard and handcuff clamps were used in the external fixators. Limited open approach was applied in 6 of the cases and closed reduction techniques in 24. In cases where closed reduction and stabilisation was done, the patients were seen to use their leg within 3-10 days post-operatively and that walking was reasonably good after 20 days. In cases to which a limited open approach had been applied, use of leg was achieved in a period close to the closed method.