Principles of Fracture Repair – August 25-27, 2021


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RACE Approved: 20.0 hours

Course Description

Do you have difficulty approaching or reducing long bone fractures? Are you interested in learning simple techniques designed for the general practitioner to repair the most commonly fractures seen in dogs and cats? This laboratory is the one for you! We will teach reliable techniques and give valuable practical tips useful in repairing simple and more challenging comminuted fractures of long bones. New implant designs have made fracture repair much more simple and affordable. In addition, postoperative management of patients has also been simplified and complications are rare if the principles of fracture repair are followed.

This course will familiarize participants with fracture repair techniques through lecture and clinical case presentations. Following lecture and case review, participants will repair fractures on plastic bone models and cadavers. Postoperative radiographs will be taken to evaluate the participants’ repair technique.

Veterinary technicians may register here.

Day 1

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8 a.m. – Welcome and course objectives
8:05 a.m. – Principles of bone healing
8:30 a.m. – Direct and indirect fracture reduction
9:15 a.m. – Break
9:30 a.m. – Pins, wires, and external fixators
10 a.m. – Bone plates and screws
11 a.m. – Laboratory 1 – Direct reduction shaft fracture:cerclage wire, lag screws
12 p.m. – Lunch
12:30 p.m. – Radial fractures and surgical approach
2:15 p.m. – Laboratory 2 – Direct reduction distal radius fracture: T-plate
4:30 p.m. – Tibial shaft fractures and surgical approach
5 p.m. – Femoral shaft fractures and surgical approach
5:30 p.m. – Conclusion

Day 2

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8 a.m. – Radiographic review – distal radius fracture
9 a.m. – Laboratory 3 – Indirect reduction comminuted tibial fracture: plate-rod
12 p.m. – Lunch
12:45 p.m. – Laboratory 4 – Indirect reduction comminuted femur fracture: plate-rod
3:30 p.m. – Bone grafts
4 p.m. – Laboratory 5 – Indirect reduction comminuted radial fracture: plate-rod
5:30 p.m. – Conclusion

Day 3

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast
8 a.m. – Radiographic review – tibia, femur, radius fractures
9 a.m. – Physeal fracture and pin and tension band
9:30 a.m. – Laboratory 6 – Proximal tibial tuberosity and physical fracture: cross pins, pin and tension band
11 a.m. – Complications
11:30 a.m. – Peri-operative patient management
12 p.m. – Conclusion

Dr. David Dycus DVM, MS, CCRP, Dipl. ACVS-SA

Dr. Dycus attended Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree, Auburn University for a small animal rotating internship, and Mississippi State for a combined surgical residency and Masters degree.

Dr. Dycus is frequently asked to lecture locally, nationally, and internationally. He has given over 100 continuing education lectures and taught over 50 laboratories. He has published numerous research articles and authored or co-authored several book chapters. He was named by as one of the 10 veterinarians to watch in 2018. Dr. Dycus is a frequent contributor for updates in orthopedics to several veterinary websites and magazines. Dr. Dycus has also been featured on Sirius XMs Doctor Radio’s segment on Pet Health and Orthopedics. His passion for teaching has allowed Dr. Dycus to become a laboratory instructor for the CBLO, TPLO, extra-capsular stabilization, medial patella luxation, and fracture repair. He is on faculty for AO, and he is an orthopedic consultant for VIN.

Along with being a scientific reviewer for multiple journals, he serves on the editorial review board for Veterinary Surgery, the official publication of the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons. He has previously held an appointment on the research committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Currently Dr. Dycus is on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is a council member for the Association for Veterinary Orthopedic Research and Education (AVORE).

Dr. Dycus became a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee in 2015. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute (VSMRI), an online veterinary rehabilitation learning platform. In addition he practices orthopedic surgery at the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine (VOSM) group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland.

Dr. Stephen Jones MVB, MS, Dipl. ACVS-SA

Dr. Jones grew up outside Dublin in Ireland. He attended Veterinary school at University College Dublin. After receiving his Veterinary Medicine degree in 2009, he moved to Hollywood, Florida to complete both rotating and specialty surgery internships, at the Hollywood Animal Hospital. From there, Dr. Jones moved to Gainesville Florida where he completed a combined residency in small animal surgery and master’s program at the University of Florida. After completion of his residency in 2015, Dr. Jones moved to Columbus, Ohio where he joined the joined the faculty rank as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Orthopedics at The Ohio State University. Dr. Jones is a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He has written and published numerous scientific papers and abstracts and lectures all over the world. His special interests include minimally invasive fracture repair, medical and surgical treatment of joint disease, arthroscopy, and surgical management of angular limb deformities.

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