Adjustable Transarticular Frame Using Standard SK ESF Components
by IMEX Veterinary
Adjustable Transarticular ESF Frame
A popular technique for spanning joints with all sizes of SK ESF frames is the utilization of modified single SK clamps to form an adjustable articulation that is quite secure. The SK ESF single clamp body is comprised of two different parts: a B-1 body part that is placed on the side closest to the pin-gripping portion of the primary bolt with a threaded hole for the secondary bolt, and a B-2 body part that is placed on the opposite side with a smooth hole for the secondary bolt. Modified clamps for transarticular articulations are built with two B-2 body parts, two primary (pin-gripping) bolts, and two nuts. The articulation is built with two of these modified clamps and two short pieces of appropriate size IM pin stock or KE rod. The angle of this articulation is adjustable and can be used to the surgeon’s advantage when a transarticular fixator is employed in the management of Achilles tendon repairs.