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Companion Animal Practice
Decision making in the management of pelvic fractures in small animals
  1. Andrew Miller

    Andrew Miller graduated from Glasgow in 1983. Following a year as a house surgeon at Glasgow and four years in small animal practice, he undertook a residency and then a lectureship in orthopaedics at Glasgow. He subsequently worked in orthopaedics referral practice in the West Midlands. Since 1998, he has been running a small animal orthopaedics referral service based in Stirling. His particular interests are fracture management, and surgical treatment of disc disease and hip dysplasia. He is an RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery (Orthopaedics).


THE pelvis is a rigid, box-like structure that requires major extrinsic forces to fracture. Consequently, most pelvic fractures are associated with a significant traumatic insult, usually a road traffic accident. Frequently, there are concomitant potentially life-threatening internal injuries. These are often occult and should always be considered before any treatment of the orthopaedic injury is initiated. Treatment of pelvic fractures involves either non-surgical or surgical management, depending on the type of fracture. This article reviews these treatment options and discusses the indications for each. In particular, it describes the management of those fractures which are likely to benefit from surgical intervention.

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