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Innovative surgery by MSU veterinarian provides new lease on life to dogs
Date:10/31/2008

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Cementless prostheses have many potential advantages over the currently used cemented model, including reduced risk of infection and reduced rate of implant wear, both of which are regarded as leading causes of post-surgery morbidity and implant failure. The surgery also is performed as a minimally invasive procedure, which drastically cuts the risk of catastrophic complications, fractures and dislocations.

"Clinical results have been very positive, and we believe there is potential for this system to mimic total hip replacement in aspects of operating time, post-op function and patient recovery," Dejardin said.

Van Der Meulen said the design of the implant virtually guarantees proper alignment of the joint surfaces, as opposed to other designs which leave greater room for surgical error.

"With this surgical technique and instrumentation, we are able to prepare the bones of the elbow simultaneously, practically guaranteeing alignment," he said. "Depending on the joint, this could have potential for use in human joint replacement as well."


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Contact: Jason Cody
codyja@msu.edu
517-432-0924
Michigan State University
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