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Companion Animal Practice
Practical guide to linear external skeletal fixation in small animals
  1. Sandra Corr

    Sandra Corr graduated from Glasgow in 1985, and spent six years in small animal and equine practice. She subsequently worked at the University of Zimbabwe as a lecturer in small animal surgery for two years, before returning to the UK to undertake a PhD in gait analysis at the Roslin Institute and a residency in orthopaedics at Glasgow. She is currently a lecturer in small animal surgery at the Royal Veterinary College.


EXTERNAL skeletal fixation is a very adaptable technique that can be used to stabilise a wide variety of fractures. A basic frame can be applied using relatively inexpensive equipment, and confidence in the procedure can be quickly gained by starting with ‘simple’ fractures and applying straightforward principles. As familiarity with the technique increases, frames can be used to manage more complex fractures and angular limb deformities, or for temporary transarticular fixation to protect ligament repairs or manage severe soft tissue shearing injuries. This article discusses a step-by-step approach to external skeletal fixation and unravels some of the associated terminology.

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