The latest issue of Veterinary Surgery (Vol. 36, No. 2, Feb. 2007) is available online. Highlights include:

  • A longitudinal clinical study (114–121) investigating the relationship between loss of stifle extension or flexion and tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) in dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture. The study authors urge practitioners to monitor stifle extension or flexion after performing TPLOs so that early intervention can occur if needed. The study includes guidelines for determining clinically relevant loss of stifle extension of flexion after a TPLO.
  • Two studies (122–131; 132–140) showing that dogs with bone fractures might benefit from the administration of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2). One study found that rhBMP-2 reduced fracture healing time. The other found that rhBMP-2 accelerated healing in dogs with delayed union or nonunion healing.
  • An article (164–169) describing a method of repairing oronsasl fistulae in cats by grafting pinnal or auricular cartilage.
  • An article (178–184) evaluating the effectivenes of the Acutrak® screw system in repairing frontal third carpal bone slab fractures in Thoroughbreds, finding it a “useful repair technique.”