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Arthrodesis: shoulder

Introduction

  • To fuse the shoulder joint, thereby preventing painful movement.
  • Treatment of choice: application of bone plate and screws to cranial surface of scapular spine and proximal humerus.

Uses

Advantages

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Good prognosis with little functional disability - mobility of scapula compensates for loss of joint movement.
  • Minor gait abnormalities: variable degree of circumduction for limb advancement, inability to advance limb rapidly when running.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Vasseur P B (1990) Arthrodesis for congenital luxation of the shoulder in a dog. JAVMA 197 (4), 501-503 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Denny & Butterworth (2001)The shoulder.In:A Guide to Canine and Feline Orthopaedic Surgery. Denny H R & Butterworth S J (eds), 4th edn. pp 337-338.


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