External fixation is one of the most versatile treatment options for fracture repair in small animals. The advantages include enhancing both the mechanical and biologic environment for optimal fracture healing. Veterinary external fixation is evolving and there are now improved techniques, better instrumentation and a continuing reduction in the incidence of complications. General veterinary practitioners can master the techniques and equipment costs are low. This book offers a highly practical guide to the use of linear external fixators in small animal practice. Divided into two sections, the first section reviews essential knowledge and technical details that underpin the successful treatment of a clinical case. The second is a collection of case studies selected to show the range of fracture types and fixator systems available. Within each case there is discussion of treatment options and clinical decision–making. Follow–up radiographs then provide invaluable insight into the normal radiographic appearance of healing and healed fractures. The authors have put together an intensely practical book that will no doubt prove to be the perfect learning tool for the surgical resident and practising veterinarian. Key features: A unique approach ensures the book is both practical and easy to read Written to appeal to practising veterinarians world–wide Contains over three hundred high quality radiographs Structured for detailed study or quick reference
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Karl H. Kraus, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS Professor of surgery and attending surgeon at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Kraus divides his time between orthopedic practice and research. His research involves mechanical and cellular influences on bone healing, biomechanics and biomedical engineering. James P. Toombs, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS Professor and Section Head of Small Animal Surgery and Small Animal Chief–of–Staff at Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dr. Toombs divides his time among administration, teaching, clinical practice, and research. His research interests include orthopedic implants, fracture fixation techniques, and treatment of spinal cord injury. Malcolm G. Ness, BVetMed, Cert SAO, DECVS, FRCVS Malcolm Ness is founding partner and senior surgeon at Croft Veterinary Hospital, Northumberland – a primary care and referral practice in the North of England. His time is spent in the practice or teaching of orthopedic surgery and associated clinical research projects.
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