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Collateral ligament prosthesis for the repair of subluxation of the metatarsophalangeal joint in a Jersey cow
  1. J. Rothlisberger, DrMedVet1,
  2. P. Kircher, DrMedVet1 and
  3. A. Steiner, PD, DrMedVet, MS1
  1. 1 Clinic for Food Animals and Horses, P. Schawalder, ProfDrMedVet, Clinic for Small Animals, University of Bern, Langgasse Strasse 128, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland


A two-and-a-half-year-old Jersey cow had been moderately lame in its right hindlimb for one month. Clinical and radiographic examinations revealed an incomplete lateral luxation of the metatarsophalangeal joint. The medial condyle of the metatarsal bone was locked in the condylar groove of the medial first phalanx. The subluxation was reduced, the joint carefully debrided and irrigated, and the torn ligament was replaced with a synthetic prosthesis which was fixed with titanium alloy staples. One year after surgery, the joint was slightly swollen but the cow was not lame.

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