Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol 2001; 14(01): 46-50
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1632672
Clinical Communication
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The surgical treatment of talocrural luxation in nine cats

H. G. Schmökel
1  Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Zurich, Switzerland
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G. Ehrismann
1  Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Zurich, Switzerland
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Publication History

Received 23 February 2000

Accepted 25 August 2000

Publication Date:
09 February 2018 (online)

Summary

The surgical treatment of talocrural luxation in nine cats was evaluated. Stabilisation of the joint was achieved by internal fixation of fractures and ligament replacement. A splint provided external support in eight cats and an external fixator was used in one. The support remained in place for three to seven weeks in five cats (group #1) but is was removed after ten days in four (group #2) and physiotherapy applied to the leg. Using a scoring system the repairs were assessed at 5-30 months, when cats in group #2 had better function and less DJD than those in group #1. Early mobilisation and weight-bearing may have favourably influenced this result.

The treatment of talocrural luxations in cats is reported. Early physiotherapy and mobilisation appeared to benefit the outcome.