metacarpal fracture

Yorkie Right Metacarpal Fracture

Meet Shy, a 5-year old male Yorkie. He was presented to Miami Veterinary Specialists for a consultation with one of our Board Certified Surgeons for a right metacarpal fracture. According to his owner, Shy was injured when he broke the owner’s fall. He then became non-weight bearing in the right forelimb.

Shy was first taken to his primary care veterinarian, who took his radiographs that revealed that two of his metacarpals (the equivalent of the hand bones that are connected to the finger bones in humans) were fractured.

She was seen by Dr. Laura D’Amico, one of our board-certified surgeons. During Shy’s examination, she explained to his owners that his fractures were considered surgical fractures because they were affecting directly to the weight bearing metacarpals.

Dr. D’Amico performed a successful internal fixation of the metacarpals. An internal fixation is an orthopedic surgery that involves the surgical implementation of implants for the purpose of repairing a bone. Shy is doing great and was able to go back home one day after the surgery. He didn’t leave without posing right next to our Christmas tree, which matches his cute splint design. He is so ready for Christmas!

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