2001 Volume 54 Issue 11 Pages 851-855
Movable extra-articular arthrodesis using a Kirschner-Ehmer external fixation system was applied as a new method for treating traumatic coxofemoral luxation in 2 dogs. After manipulative reduction of the hip under anesthesia, a Kirschner wire was orthodromically inserted into the femur from the fossa trochanterica. Then two half pins were inserted into the ilium and the ischiadic tuber and connected with two external parallel bars using two single and two double clamps so that the intramedullary pin lay between the two externalbars. Both animals were able to walk within a few days, and all external fixators were removed 13 and 23 days after surgery. Since the pin inserted into the femur is not fixed to the external bar, this method allows an extensive range of hip-joint motion during treatment.