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Securos PAX locking plate system in small animals

2013
08
JUL

Securos Pax locking plate used to repair comminuted tibial and calcaneal fractures in a cat

We have introduced the Securos PAX locking plate system at Eastcott Veterinary Referrals. This is proving to be a useful system for the treatment of fractures and angular limb deformities in our practice. Some of the advantages of this system include:

  • Locking screws which significantly reduces the chance of screw loosening and construct failure
  • Polyaxial screw placement which means that screws do not have to be perpendicular to the plate and can be angled to engage the best available bone stock and avoid the joint and other implants.
  • Fewer screws are needed per fragmented allowing reliable fixation of fractures close to the joint with minimal bone stock
  • Implants are made of titanium alloy which is more bio-compatible than stainless steel

 

Recent case in which the Securos Pax locking plate system was used 

 cat with comminuted fractures of the tibia, fibula and calcaneus         cat with comminuted fractures of the tibia, fibula and calcaneus

Fig. 1 A 6-year-old DSH cat with comminuted fractures of the tibia, fibula and calcaneus

 

Immediate post-operative radiographs        Immediate post-operative radiographs

Fig. 2 Immediate post-operative radiographs. A 2.4mm PAX plate with an intra-medullary pin has been used to repair the tibial fracture. A 2.0mm PAX plate has been used to repair the comminuted calcaneal fracture

 

Six weeks post-operative lateral and craniocaudal radiographs         Six weeks post-operative lateral and craniocaudal radiographs

Fig. 3. Six weeks post-operative lateral and craniocaudal radiographs showing complete healing of the calcaneal fracture and excellent progression of healing of the tibial fracture

 

radiographic union of both fractures        radiographic union of both fractures

Fig. 4. At 10-weeks there is radiographic union of both fractures

 

The cat was weight bearing the day after surgery and has gone on to have an uneventful recovery

 

Surgery was carried out by Duncan Barnes MA VetMB CertSAS MRCVS. Duncan is happy to discuss or give advice on all matters relating to small animal veterinary orthopaedics. Please phone 01793 528341 or email Eastcott Referrals

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