Transfixation cast technique for arthrodesis of the distal interphalangeal joint of horses

Authors: 
J. L. Easter, J. Schumacher, J. P. Watkins
Volume: 
24
Number: 
1
Pages: 
62-67
Journal: 
Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Date: 
January 2011

Surgical arthrodesis of the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint by transfixation casting was used to salvage a three-year-old filly and a yearling filly that were chronically lame because of infection of the DIP joint for breeding. Unlike previously described techniques for arthrodesis of the DIP joint, the technique used did not require insertion of implants across the joint, which may have contributed to the successful outcome.