VETisco offer what we believe are the two most commonly used External Fixators – Kirschner Ehmer (KE+), which has for many years remained the industry standard fixator and the Standard Fixator (SF), which although less commonly used does have advantages over the KE+ system.

Advantages of External Fixation
• Versatility and ability to use your own initiative in construct a design to fit the needs of the fracture
• No residual implants left over to cause further issues
• Reduced damage to the bone blood supply
• Minimally invasive placement
• Useful for open-fracture stabilisation
• Small adjustments can be made throughout the healing period
• Good option if there is an increased risk of infection
• Simpler and easier to apply than most internal fixation methods
• Economical as doesn’t require much equipment to place a construct and many of the components can be re-used.

Disadvantages of External Fixation
• Unsuitable in heavily muscled areas, e.g. upper limbs
• Owner and/or patient compliance has increased importance
• Restricted joint movement
• Can be cumbersome
• Pins penetrating through the skin can lead to pin tract infection
• Ultimately pins will loosen and need removing meaning it can become a race between healing and pin loosening

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