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Current Clinical Studies


Surgery

Custom Orthotic (brace) versus bi-valve casting

  • We are currently enrolling patients in a clinical study comparing the complications and outcomes associated with the use of a custom orthotic (brace) versus bi-valve casting for post-op immobilization following repair of Achille’s tendon injuries.

    Early rehabilitation and gradual functional loading are recommended in the treatment of tendon injuries in humans. In dogs, we have historically immobilized the limb in a cast for 8 weeks post-op and then allowed unrestricted loading of the tendon. Cast sores are common, and early excessive loading of tendons can lead to complete failure.  Custom braces are expected to cause less complications (skin sores) and allow changes in the paw and tarsal joint range of motion, thus allowing progressive loading of the Achille’s tendon. The goal of our study is to evaluate if custom orthotics are a reasonable immobilization option in dogs. If so, then further investigation into early rehabilitation and functional loading of the Achille’s tendon could be pursued. If you have any patients with Achille’s tendon injuries that are interested in surgical repair, please consider referral to Central Texas Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital. Study inclusion details, including client reimbursement, will be presented to the owner at the time of the initial consultation.

    If you have any questions about the study or the referral process, please feel free to contact us at any time. 

    Thank you for your support,

    John Bevan, DVM, DACVS                     Rachel Melvin, DVM

    P: 512 892-9038

    E: [email protected]

 

Surgery

CT Measurements for preoperative planning for dogs with MPL.

  • We are currently enrolling patients in a clinical study evaluating CT measurements for pre-operative planning in dogs with medial patella luxation (MPL).  In humans with patella instability, specific measurements from a pre-operative CT scan or MRI are used to determine the most appropriate procedure for that specific patient. The most common measurement is the Tibial Tubercle-Trochlea Groove (TT-TG) distance. If this distance is greater than 20 mm then a tibial tubercle transposition is typically recommended.  In dogs, there are no defined measurements to assess the degree of tibial tuberosity displacement and thus no guidelines for the amount of transposition needed for realignment of the patella.

    The goal of our study is to determine if these measurements can be performed reliably in dogs and if there is a difference in the measurements between dogs with and without MPL.

    We are looking for healthy, small breed dogs (5-25lbs), older than 1 year of age with normal stifles or those with MPL. A complete orthopedic exam, standard hindlimb radiographs, and a CT scan of both hindlimbs will be performed. The CT scan is fast (10 min) so it can be performed either alone with sedation or combined with an anesthetic procedure. Owners will not be responsible for any fees associated with the procedures performed related to the study.

    If you have any clients that are interested in participating in this study, please consider referral to Central Texas Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital. Study details will be presented to the owner at the time of the initial consultation.

    If you have any questions about the study or the referral process, please feel free to contact me at any time.

     

    Sincerely,

    John Bevan, DVM, DACVS

    P: (512) 892-9038

    E: [email protected]