Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Osteotomy: distal ulnar ostectomy

Synonym(s): Osteotomy: ulna transection

Contributor(s): Neil Burton

Introduction

  • To remove the unilateral restraint to growth imposed by the ulna in short ulna syndrome Ulnar: distal plate closure.
  • Involves the removal of several centimetres of ulna.
  • Improvement in limb conformation only possible if significant growth potential remains.

Uses

Advantages

  • Mild angular deformities occasionally correct spontaneously after ulnar transection.

Disadvantages



Dogs of >1 year of age: non-union will occur if cylinder of ulna whose length is more than twice diameter is removed.

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

  • Mild angular deformities occasionally correct spontaneously following ulnar transection.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • LeComp C E, Hauptman J, Knowlen G, Reindel J F (1986) Periosteum and the healing of partial ulna ostectomy in radius curvus of dogs. Vet Surg 15 (2), 185-190 VetMedResource.
  • VanDeWater A, Olmstead M L, Stevenson S (1982) Partial ulna ostectomy with free autogenous fat grafting for treatment of radius curvus in the dog. Vet Surg 11 (3), 92-99 VetMedResource.


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