The stepped hybrid plate for carpal panarthrodesis: Part II: A multicentre study of 52 arthrodeses

M. C. Díaz-Bertrana, F. Darnaculleta, Ignacio Durall, J. Franch, J. L. Puchol

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Fifty-two carpal panarthrodeses (CP) were carried out in 44 dogs (eight bilateral), in a multicentre study using a single (n = 47) or double (n = 5) stepped hybrid CP plate. Of these 44 cases, 39 were between 20-55 kg in bodyweight, 26 were males, and the carpometacarpal was the most common joint involved. Falling and other impact trauma were the most common aetiology. Pain of unknown origin, carpal luxation, chronic accessory carpal bone fracture, distal comminuted intra-articular radial fracture, bone tumour, degenerative joint disease, canine erosive idiopathic polyarthritis, avascular necrosis of the radial carpal bone and fractures of several metacarpal bones were some of the pathologies reported. Fracture of the third metacarpal bone during screw insertion was the only intrasurgical complication. Malpositioning of the plate or screws and over-tightened screws were technical errors observed in seven of the procedures. The radial carpal bone was not fixed with a screw in two cases due to bone deformity. Concurrent plate breakage and bending in the same patient operated on bilaterally was observed during the follow-up period, which represented a major complication rate of 3.8% for all procedures. Minor complications were: low grade infection, lick granuloma, digit hyperextension, screw loosening or failure, incomplete fusion of some joints and a fracture of the third metacarpal bone at the distal screw hole of the plate; which represented a rate of 44.2% on all procedures. Complete carpal healing was observed radiographically in 94.2% of all procedures. Limb function was excellent to good, and all of the owners, except for one, were satisfied with the procedure. © Schattauer 2009.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-397
JournalVeterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


  • Carpal arthrodesis
  • Carpal panarthrodesis
  • Hybrid dynamic compression plate
  • Stepped hybrid carpal panarthrodesis plate


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