Objective: To compare the use of bone plates with metal plates.
Method: Bone plates were shaped from the long bones of a euthanized sheep to resemble metal plates. The plates were processed in preparation for use. Fractures were created in the radius of five dogs then repaired with ovine bone plates and orthopedic screws. Radiographs were taken after surgery for comparison when accessing the repair process 170 days post operatively.
Results: The bone plates were tolerated by the tissues and acted as a scaffold for fracture repair. The plates went on to atrophy and be absorbed and appeared to be effective in osteoconduction.
Conclusion: The bone plates provided effective stabilization for fracture repair and their absorption alleviated the need to perform surgery to remove plates. We can make bone plate banks for easier availability and to facilitate treatment.