Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Medial patellar ligament: desmotomy

Contributor(s): Steve Adair, Graham Munroe, Chris Whitton

Introduction

  • Release of the medial patellar ligament allows the patella to freely slip over the medial trochlear ridge.

Uses

Advantages

  • Very simple procedure.
  • Can be done in the standing horse.
  • Permanent release despite scar formation between the ends of the cut ligament.

Disadvantages

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

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • McIlwraith C W (1990) Osteochondral fragmentation of the distal aspect of the patella in horses. Equine Vet J 22, 157-163 PubMed.
  • Gibson K T, McIlwraith C W, Park R D & Norrdin R W (1989) Production of patellar lesions by medial patellar desmotomy in normal horses. Vet Surg 18, 466-471 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Stashak T S (1987)Upward Fixation of the Patella.In:Adams' Lameness in Horses.Ed: Satshak T S. Lea & Febiger, Philadelphia. pp 737-741.


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