How to Repair a Symphyseal Fracture in a Cat | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, Dr. Chris Ralphs, DACVS, reviews how to repair a symphyseal fracture in a cat. Learn how to repair this common injury with feline symphyseal wiring leaving the cat with stable occlusion of the teeth.

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    • Here is Dr. Ralph’s answer:
      The short answer is that I leave it in for 6 weeks, but that is a fairly arbitrary time frame. Because it is a symphysis, you are waiting for a fibrous union, so repeat rads are not helpful. I generally remove it in 6 weeks, and the symphysis is palpably stable at that time. It would not be wrong to go 8 weeks if older/debilitated, but longer than that is not likely to be helpful.

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