Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2023; 36(01): 39-45
DOI: 10.1055/s-0042-1756518
Clinical Communication

Use of Locking Compression Plate and Locking Compression T-Plate for Surgical Arthrodesis of the Carpometacarpal and Distal Tarsal Joints in 13 Horses

Jenna L. Lambert
1   Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Massachusetts, United States
José M. García-López
1   Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Massachusetts, United States
Janik C. Gasiorowski
2   Department of Surgery, Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center, Ringoes, New Jersey, United States
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Funding None.


Objective The aim of this study was to describe the use of the locking compression plate (LCP) and locking compression T-plate (LCTP) in cases of carpometacarpal and distal tarsal arthrodesis for the treatment of osteoarthritis and small carpal or tarsal bone fractures, and to document clinical outcomes.

Study Design Case records of horses treated with carpometacarpal or distal tarsal arthrodesis via internal fixation using an LCP or LCTP between 2013 and 2021 were reviewed. All cases were evaluated retrospectively. Follow-up information was gained via phone conversation with owners and referring veterinarians.

Results Data were collected for 13 horses that fulfilled the study criteria. A total of eight horses underwent distal tarsal arthrodesis, and five underwent carpometacarpal arthrodesis. Twelve of thirteen horses went back to some level of athletic performance. Eight of 13 returned to the same level, while 4 of 13 returned to a lower level. Minor postoperative complications were recorded in 3 of 13 cases, with all horses suffering manageable short-term complications returning to the same level of work. Two horses suffered a major complication, with one resulting in euthanasia.

Conclusion Carpometacarpal and distal tarsal arthrodesis performed using the LCP and LCTP allowed all surviving horses in the study to obtain immediate postoperative comfort and eventual return to use.

Authors' Contributions

All authors contributed to the conception of the study and interpretation, along with drafting and revision of the submitted manuscript.

Ethical Animal Research

No live animals were used to gather data for this research.

Informed Consent

No prospective data were collected on client owner animals and the client's confidentiality was maintained in acquisition of this data.

Supplementary Material

Publication History

Received: 23 March 2022

Accepted: 29 July 2022

Article published online:
19 September 2022

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