AO Surgery Reference

New AO VET dog and cat distal femur modules bring added value for veterinary surgeons

28 February 2019

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Representing three years of work, dog and cat distal femur modules have been added to the AO Surgery Reference (AOSR) web application. The new anatomical region modules, authored by AO VET faculty member Mary Sarah Bergh, bring new value to the AOSR by providing step-by-step support for veterinary surgeons to think through surgical cases.

General editor for the two new modules was Noel Moens. Amy Kapatkin was executive editor.

“From the concept to actual publication of the two new modules on January 15, 2018, these modules were more than three years in development,” Bergh explained. “To my knowledge, there is no other reference like what we now have. It’s really ground breaking because we organize these fractures—everything from very simple to very complex fractures—in a very systematic way. This allows veterinarians to manage a case from start to finish.”

Seen commonly in young dogs and cats, distal femur fractures are not unusual, Bergh explained, underscoring the importance of veterinary surgeons having the AOSR at their fingertips.

“I use it myself. I can see clinical examples of ways to handle these cases and draw experience and inspiration from the content,” she explained, adding that the tool’s accessibility is a real bonus. “Having this rich resource available on your smartphone is extremely useful and relevant.”

Adding to the AOSR’s value is the fact that it is a living resource, she said. Because it is a web application, content can be continuously and seamlessly added.

“The AOSR evolves as science evolves,” said Bergh. “It truly contributes to the AO’s mission of improving patient care.”

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