Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2020; 33(06): 443-450
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1713005
Clinical Communication

Fracture Repair in Cats Using a Conical Coupling Mini 1.9 to 2.5 mm Locking Plate System

Francesca C. Ferrero
1  Clinica Albese per Animali da Compagnia, Alba, Cuneo, Italy
,
Alessandro Boero Baroncelli
1  Clinica Albese per Animali da Compagnia, Alba, Cuneo, Italy
,
Caleb C. Hudson
2  Department of Surgery, Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston, Texas, United States
,
Bruno Peirone
3  Department of Animal Pathology, University of Turin, Grugliasco, Turin, Italy
,
Ullrich Reif
4  Tierklinik Dr. Reif, Schönhardterstr, Böbingen, Germany
,
Lisa A. Piras
3  Department of Animal Pathology, University of Turin, Grugliasco, Turin, Italy
› Author Affiliations

Abstract

Objective The aim of this study was to retrospectively evaluate the clinical application of the Fixin mini 1.9 to 2.5 system for the treatment of long bone fractures in cats. We proposed that the Fixin mini system would successfully stabilize long bone fractures in cats with a healing time and complication rate similar to those previously reported for feline fractures using other locking bone plate systems.

Materials and Methods Medical records and radiographs of cats with long bone fractures stabilized with the Fixin mini 1.9 to 2.5 system were retrospectively reviewed. Signalment, body weight, bone(s) fractured, region of bone fractured, fracture classification, concurrent orthopaedic injuries, complications, time to functional union, if minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis techniques were used, plate size, number of plates, bone graft use and ancillary methods of fixation were recorded.

Results Fifty-six fractures in 54 cats were included. Mean time to radiographic union was 8.8 weeks. Complications were recorded in 8 out of 56 fractures. Major complications occurred in 4 of 56 fractures and minor complications occurred in 4 of 56 fractures.

Conclusion The Fixin mini 1.9 to 2.5 system had an overall complication rate and time to functional union similar to that of other implant systems used to treat feline long bone fractures and it appears suitable for repair of a wide variety of long bone fracture configurations in cats.

Authors’ Contributions

A.B.B. contributed to conception of study, study design, acquisition of data and data analysis and interpretation. C.F.F. contributed to study design and acquisition of data. L.A.P. contributed to study design and data analysis and interpretation. B.P. contributed to conception of study. C.C.B. and U.R. contributed to acquisition of data.


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Publication History

Received: 31 October 2019

Accepted: 18 April 2020

Publication Date:
20 September 2020 (online)

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