MS053 - How To Fix Fractures Mini Series

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If you want to improve your orthopaedic outcomes and gain more confidence with these cases then this course is most definitely for you! Mark will draw on his 25 years experience in small animal orthopaedics to give you a down to earth practical guide that simplifies understanding of fracture management.
  • Join Orthopaedic Specialist Mark Glyde for 3 2-hour online sessions
  • Case examples and videos to illustrate key points - essential practical tips from our expert tutor
  • Comprehensive notes to download from the meeting room
  • Self-assessment quizzes to 'release' your 8 hours CPD certification (don't worry, you can take them more than once if you don't quite hit the mark first time)
  • Access to all recorded sessions following purchase for reviewing key points
  • Superb value for money - learn without traffic jams or rota hassles
  • This Mini Series was originally broadcast live in September 2012


Session 1:

How to use Bone Plates and Screws

  • The principles and application of dynamic compression plates
  • How to use a DCP plate as either a compression plate, neutralisation plate or bridging plate
  • The difference between cortical and cancellous and locking bone screws
  • The difference between plate screws, lag screws, positional and locking screws
  • When and how to lag screw
  • Locking plates – advantages and indications
  • The importance of pre-operative temporary fracture support
  • How to position and drape animals for fracture repair to simplify surgery
  • Comminuted fractures – what to do with all the ‘bits’
  • When and when not to bone graft
  • Reinforcing bone plates
  • Plate-rod and orthogonal plate constructs
Session 2:

External Skeletal Fixation

  • The importance of the pin-bone interface
  • Why threaded pins will double the life expectancy of your ESF
  • Why pre-drilling before you place the ESF pin buys you time
  • How updating your ESF kit will make your life easier
  • The principles and application of linear ESFs
  • Applying ESFs to antebrachial and tibial fractures
  • How to position and drape animals for fracture repair to simplify surgery
  • The use of hybrid ESFs in very distal juxtarticular fractures
  • Why carbon fibre and titanium are not just for bicycles
  • When to destabilise an ESF and which bits to remove
Session 3:

Effective Use of Pins and Orthopaedic Wire

  • Case examples to review common errors in the use of pins and wires and highlight the decision-making and principles of application of intramedullary pins, cerclage wire, K wires and tension band wires that are necessary for consistent success
  • The fracture decision-making table and how to use it to know when friction fixation is a good idea and when it isn’t!
  • Why IM pins are good at resisting three biomechanical forces; bending, bending and bending!
  • Why placing twist cerclage wire effectively in dogs is technically very challenging
  • Why double loop cerclage is stronger, easier and more reliable than twist cerclage
  • Why the tibia is a challenge for cerclage wire
  • How to simplify fracture reduction when repairing distal femoral physeal fractures with crossed K wires
  • How to simplify placing K wires in tibial crest osteotomies


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