Successful management of simple fractures of the femoral neck with femoral head and neck excision arthroplasty in two free-living avian species

Anne Burgdorf-Moisuk, Julia K. Whittington, R. Avery Bennett, Mike McFadden, Mark Mitchell, Robert O'Brien

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Abstract

A red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) and a Canada goose (Branta canadensis) were evaluated for unilateral pelvic limb lameness. Physical examination findings and results of diagnostic imaging revealed femoral neck fractures in both birds. Both birds were treated with a femoral head and neck excision arthroplasty. The affected legs were not immobilized, and the birds were encouraged to use the legs immediately after surgery to encourage formation of a pseudoarthrosis. Within 2 weeks, both birds were using the affected limb well enough to be either successfully released or transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation facility. Femoral head and neck excision arthroplasty without immobilization of the limb is recommended for managing avian femoral neck fractures, especially in free-ranging species in which a rapid and complete or near complete return to function is vital for survival in the wild.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-215
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of avian medicine and surgery
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011

Keywords

  • Branta canadensis
  • Buteo jamaicensis
  • Canada goose
  • FHO
  • avian
  • femoral head and neck excision arthroplasty
  • free-ranging
  • lameness
  • red-tailed hawk

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals

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