Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Temporary transphyseal bridging

Synonym(s): Growth plate stapling, Temporary transphyseal stapling

Contributor(s): Kyle Braund

Introduction

  • To temporarily slow or stop growth on medial side of distal radial growth plate following ulnar transection, thereby correcting angular growth deformity.

Uses

Advantages

  • Straightforward, relatively uncomplicated procedure for dogs in which both distal radial and ulnar growth plates are still open.

Disadvantages

  • Staple must be removed (unless dog is almost fully grown), otherwise the carpus will tend to deviate medially.

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

  • Usually favorable (leg takes about 4-6 weeks to straighten).

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Ramadan R O & Vaughan L C (1978) Premature closure of the distal ulnar growth plate in dogs - a review of 58 cases. JSAP 19 (11), 647-667 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Denney H R (1993) A guide to Canine and Feline Orthopaedic Surgery. 3rd edn. London: Blackwell Science Publications. pp 252-254.


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