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Unfavourable results from using the transarticular pin technique to stabilise luxated hips in 12 dogs under 8 kg
  1. W. McCartney, MVB, Dipl ECVS, DSAS(Orth), PhD, MRCVS and
  2. F. McGovern, BSc
  1. 1NOAH, 38 Warrenhouse Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13, Ireland Dublin, Ireland
  1. E-mail for correspondence: info{at}noah.ie

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HIP luxation is a common traumatic injury (McLaughlin 1995). There are a number of different surgical options for maintaining reduction of luxated hips (Denny and Minter 1973, Bennett and Duff 1980, Ash and others 2012). A modified transarticular pin technique for stabilising luxated hips in 70 dogs was reported in 2011 (McCartney and others 2011). The results from this group of dogs, which in the majority weighed over 20 kg were encouraging. Analysis of another group of dogs weighing less than 8 kg which had surgical repair of luxated hips by the same technique was carried to compare the results. Twelve small dogs weighing less than 8 kg were treated for a luxated hip between 2008 and 2014 (Fig 1). There were no cases of dysplastic hips in the 12 dogs. A retrospective analysis of the records was undertaken to evaluate the results. All of the dogs had been involved in a traumatic incident and had a craniodorsal hip luxation. A telephone questionnaire to the owners was performed from four months after surgery to assess the outcome. One question was asked—Is your dog stiff or lame at any time and if so can you grade it as frequent, intermittent or never? Frequent was described as more than three times …

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