There is only a small safe anatomical window for transiliosacral implant placement in cats. In an article published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice, our Official Scientific Journal, Drs Parslow and Simpson from the Animal Referral Hospital in Homebush, Australia describe a safe and effective method for bilateral sacroiliac fixation.
A limited safe anatomical window for transiliosacral implant placement exists in cats. Lag screw fixation requires multiple bilateral implants and therefore increases the risk of iatrogenic trauma and implant interference. In this paper, the authors describe a safe and effective method for bilateral sacroiliac fixation in cats using a single implant to minimise inadvertent iatrogenic damage to local structures and restore pelvic canal diameter.
The technique achieved safe and accurate implant position with precise sacroiliac joint reduction. Pelvic canal diameter ratios were restored to normal in all cases. Rapid return to normal hind leg function and excellent long-term clinical outcomes were achieved. The authors conclude that this technique offers a simple, safe, repeatable and affordable technique for treating bilateral sacroiliac luxations in the cat without the aid of fluoroscopy. The procedure can be performed using surgical tools and inventory readily available in general small animal practices.
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