Evaluation of Feline Shoulder Repair
A study was performed that examined the motion and clinical stability of the feline shoulder following experimental injury and repair using a prosthetic suture technique. Researchers evaluated eighteen feline cadaveric thoracic limbs. Results of the study indicated that there was a significant difference in joint range of motion in specific limb directions between intact and injured joints and between injured and repaired joints. There was no difference in joint range of motion between intact and repaired joints. Four of six medially injured joints were deemed clinically stable and five of six laterally injured joints were deemed clinically stable. All bilaterally injured joints were deemed unstable.
The prosthetic suture repair technique described was effective at returning the shoulder joint to a normal range of motion in this ex vivo model.
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