Percutaneous tibial physeal fracture repair in small animals: technique and 17 cases
Published on Jun 21, 2017in Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology0.877
· DOI :10.3415/VCOT-16-07-0102
Objectives: To retrospectively describe cases treated via percutaneous tibial physeal fracture repair (PTPFR), using intra-operative fluoroscopy (IFL) or digital radiography (DR). To describe a technique (“spiking”), used to treat tibial tuberosity avulsion fractures. Methods: Clinical data of 14 dogs and three cats were included. The “spiking” technique was described. Results: Intra-operative fluoroscopy (n = 11) and DR (n = 6) were successfully used in 11 tibial tuberosity avulsion fractures, one combined proximal physeal and tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture, and five distal tibial/fibular physeal fractures. Surgery times ranged from eight to 54 minutes. The “spiking” technique was successfully applied in six tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture cases. Return to function was at a mean (± standard deviation) of 1.9 (± 1.6) weeks. Long-term (>12 months; n = 17) follow-up was available at a mean of 40.6 (± 13.4) months. Major complications consisted of skin irritation from a pin (distal tibia / fibula physeal fracture case; 8 weeks post-PTPFR), and a bilateral grade II medial patella luxation (tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture case; 1.5 years post-PTPFR). One case developed a mild tibial tuberosity avulsion fracture re-avulsion. All conditions in these three cases were not of clinical concern at follow-up and final outcome was graded as good in these and excellent in the other 14 cases. Clinical significance: Percutaneous tibial physeal fracture repair can be considered as a technique to treat tibial physeal fractures. The “spiking” technique was successfully applied in six dogs. A larger, prospective case series is indicated to provide additional clinical information.