A single screw technique compared to a two screw and wire technique as a temporary transphyseal bridge for correction of fetlock varus deformities

Authors: 
Roberts, B.L.; Railton, D.; Adkins, A.R.
Volume: 
21
Number: 
12
Pages: 
Journal: 
Equine Veterinary Education
Date: 
December 2009

A single screw technique is described as a temporary transphyseal bridge for the treatment of fetlock varus angular limb deformity in foals. This has been compared to tension band wiring with regards to rate of correction, cosmetic result and incidence of complications. The single screw was found to be an effective technique resulting in more rapid improvement of deviations in foals aged up to 5 months. Complications were minimal following both techniques and the final cosmetic result was better following single screw surgery.