Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Osteotomy: radius and ulna - wedge

Contributor(s): Neil Burton, James Cook

Introduction

  • To correct an angular limb deformity of the antebrachium.
  • Involves removal of a bone wedge.
  • Procedure shortens treated limb.
  • Terminology:
    • Osteotomy - cut bone.
    • Ostectomy - removal of bone (eg wedge ostectomy).

Uses

  • Antebrachial angular limb deformity correction.

Disadvantages

  • Requires considerable pre-operative planning to ensure that a bone wedge of correct dimensions is removed from correct site.
  • Shortens treated limb.
    Should not be performed in animals where the growth plates are open and continued growth potential exists.

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

  • Varies with age of dog, severity of angulation, pre-existing osteoarthritis, intended function and number of limbs involved (poor to excellent).

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Henney L H S & Gambardella P C (1989) Premature closure of the ulnar physis in the dog - a retrospective clinical study. JAAHA 25 (5), 573-81 VetMedResource.
  • Rudy R L (1971) Corrective osteotomy for angular deformities. Vet Clin North Am (3), 549-63 PubMed.


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