What is humeral condylar fracture?

The humeral condyle, together with the two bones of the forearm (radius and ulna) makes up the elbow joint. When the humeral condyle breaks, the elbow joint is fractured and will not work properly. Fractures of the elbow joint are amongst the most common type of broken bone seen in dogs; they rarely occur in cats.

Can a dog’s broken elbow heal without surgery?

Depending on the severity of the break, your veterinarian may apply a cast or splint without surgery to stabilize the bone. For more severe breaks, a vet will perform surgery using metallic implants such as a pin, wire, plate, screw, nail or fixator.

How do you fix a dog’s broken elbow?

Fracture Repair Options:

  1. A splint or cast can be applied to the outside of the limb, which is known as “External coaptation”.
  2. A surgically applied device can be attached to the bone via pins, along with an external fixture such as a rigid bar.

What is a humerus on a dog?

The humerus connects the shoulder and the elbow. It is a S-shaped bone with a twist. It is made up of a top portion (metaphysis) connecting to the shoulder blade (Scapula), it has a long thick shaft in the middle and is attached to the elbow via the condyle.

What is a condylar fracture dog?

Lateral condylar fractures occur when forces concentrated on the lateral portion of the elbow joint cause breakage along this vertical growth plate and through the lateral portion of the bone above it.

Where is the humeral condyle located?

The Condyle of humerus is the distal end of the humerus. It is made up of the capitulum and the trochlea.

How can I help my dogs bone heal?

Other simple methods you can try at home include cold therapy (applying cold packs to the fracture site), motion therapy (flexing and extending joints) and massage therapy (this helps prevent restrictive scar tissue), but it is important to speak to your vet before trying any of these.

How much does broken bone surgery cost?

Cost of a Broken Leg Without Insurance in 2021

Treatment Cost Without Insurance
Leg X-ray $210 to $1,000
Application of a short or long leg cast $221 to $238
Crutches $15 to $100
Surgical treatment of a broken leg $17,000 to $35,000

How long does it take for a dog’s elbow to heal?

By 6 weeks, he/she should be 90% recovered. If he/she suddenly deteriorates or does not appear to be progressing well enough, please return to your veterinarian for exam; x-rays may be needed to diagnose the problem. Your pet will feel like using the leg normally before the bone is healed.

How long does it take for a dog to recover from elbow surgery?

After arthroscopic surgery, the dog will generally stay one night for observation and then will require two weeks of confinement and rest at home. After that, the dog will have a four-week rehabilitation period with gradually increasing exercise, but no running, jumping or playing with other dogs.

Where is the humerus located on a dog?

The Humerus is the long bone of the forearm, articulating with the scapula to form the shoulder and the radius and ulna to form the elbow. In situ, it lies obliquely along the ventral thorax and is more horizontal in larger species.

What causes a fracture of the humeral condyle in a dog?

These fractures are often not caused by any major trauma, but can occur during normal exercise. The condition has also been referred to as incomplete ossification of the humeral condyle (or IOHC). Humeral condylar fissures occur more commonly in spaniels than other breeds.

How common are lateral condylar fractures in dogs?

Lateral condylar fractures are common and may occur from either minor or severe trauma in dogs and cats of all ages.

What is a condylar fracture of the humerus?

Humeral Condylar Fracture. These fractures can affect one portion of the condyle, medial (inside) or lateral (outside) or both, known as a dicondylar or Y-T fracture. Humeral condylar fractures can extend up the humerus (upper arm bone), leading to complex and comminuted fractures (fractures with multiple free fragments).

How are humeral condylar fissures treated in dogs?

How are humeral condylar fissures treated? In some dogs with very subtle fissures, no treatment is needed, but in the majority of cases surgery is recommended to reduce pain and minimise the risk of the condyle fracturing. The operation involves accurately placing a large screw across the fissure through small incisions (wounds).