Stainless steel plates as implanted in the present study are suited for single plating of fractures of the avian antebrachium
. With respect to plate choice, the compression plate system used in this study provides fracture fixation with equal clinical results at an economically preferable price compared with the adaption plate system.
A two year old female Labrador weighing 18 kg was presented with angulation and deviation of the right antebrachium
at the carpal joint (Fig.
The feathers of the left wing, with the exception of the secondary flight feathers, were plucked from the dorsal and ventral side of the antebrachium
. The wings and head were kept slightly elevated by positioning the bird on a U-shaped board that provided a stable background for drilling and sawing.
A 3-cm skin incision was made over the distal half of the dorsal antebrachium
by using Harrison bipolar forceps and a radiosurgical unit (Surgitron dual frequency, Ellman International, Oceanside, NY, USA).