Introduction to linear external skeletal fixation

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About the course

Key Areas

  • Types of ESF
  • Understanding the principles of ESF
  • Designing an adequate frame
  • Management of ESF postoperatively
  • Recognising and dealing with the most common complications

About this course

When, where and why would you use linear external fixation?

External skeletal fixation (ESF) is a relatively low cost, flexible route for fracture fixation in general practice. This one day lecture and hands-on practical course will assist veterinarians in understanding the basic principles of ESF application. Postoperative ESF care and common complications seen after ESF stabilisation will be discussed. Plastic bones will be used as well as cadavers for demonstrating surgical approaches.

This course will discuss the management of appendicular fractures using linear external skeletal fixation. The various systems, construct configurations and their applications will be discussed prior to practical sessions where delegates will be guided through the application of ESFs to a range of simulated fracture injuries.

Why do this course?
If you are interested in being introduced to ESF as a technique or in refreshing your knowledge and understanding of its principles.

Course details
Course format: Lectures, case-based discussions and practical sessions
Course length: One-day
Relevant to CertAVP module: Small Animal Surgery (C-SAS.6)


David Sajik, BVetMed MVetMed DipECVS MRCVS 
Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedics 
Royal Veterinary College 

Lecturer in Small Animal Orthopaedic Surgery 
The Royal Veterinary College 

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