Davos Courses

Executive Editor: Jörg Auer

Authors: Jeffrey Watkins

Phalanges Middle phalanx, Degenerative joint disease (DJD)

back to skeleton

Glossary

Plate fixation/transarticular lag screws
Main indication Skill Equipment
Return to athletic function Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Full specialized surgical and imaging resources

For horses intended to return to their intended function, pastern arthrodesis is indicated.
Conservative treatment of degenerative joint disease with the expectation of spontaneous ankylosis resulting in soundness is unpredictable.
In the early phases of the disease, before advanced degenerative changes occur it is possible to maintain functional use of the horse through the use of local and systemic anti-inflammatory therapy.



Other indications for this technique include simple fractures (left) and subluxations (right) involving the pastern joint that do not result in significant palmar / plantar instability.

*Skill
Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills Basic surgical experience, no specialized skills
Some specialized surgical experience Some specialized surgical experience
Highly experienced and skilled surgeon Highly experienced and skilled surgeon
*Equipment
Basic equipment only Basic equipment only
Simple surgical and imaging resources Simple surgical and imaging resources
Full specialized surgical and imaging resources Full specialized surgical and imaging resources

v1.3 2013-11-20