Hip Luxation DIY Drill Sleeve
Submitted by Mark Rochat, DVM, DACVS | Purdue Univeristy, West Lafayette, Indiana
DIY drill sleeve demo with tuberculin syringe and Allis forceps
Image courtesy of Mark Rochat, DVM, DACVS | Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Craniodorsal hip luxation is a common problem in dogs. For various reasons, open reduction techniques are often employed to restore hip integrity and function. The Knowles toggle pin technique is a popular method of achieving stability because it:
This technique begins by resecting the remnants of the round ligament and drilling a hole through the ligament's origin in the acetabular fossa, just ventral to the articular surface. Protecting the surrounding tissues (femoral head, acetabulum, and associated soft tissues) is important to preventing iatrogenic injury to those structures during drilling of the hole.
While drill guides are commercially available, a less expensive option is to use a tuberculin syringe barrel for an impromptu, DIY drill sleeve.
Quick and Easy Steps
Drill bits as large as 4.5 mm will fit through the syringe barrel. The guide can also be reused by sterilizing it with steam, ethylene oxide, or plasma sterilization methods.