Recovering from Injury & Surgery

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On the Mend: Chelokee's Prognosis Good

June 28, 2008

Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, who in mid May said grade III winner Chelokee's chances of survival were at 60-40 after the colt dislocated his right front ankle, is now talking about the colt being released from Rood & Riddle Equine... Read More

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Michigan State Offers Conventional and Advanced Laparoscopy Procedures for Horses

May 26, 2008

The fulminant growth in minimally invasive surgery in people has paid dividends for the horse. "Not only are laparoscopic procedures in horses less invasive and associated with less postoperative pain and inflammation, in some instances they... Read More

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Attacked Arkansas Horses Healed and Rideable, Five Years Later

May 23, 2008

Two Quarter Horses that were severely injured in a brutal attack five years ago are thriving after a long recovery.

"They're tough," said Patrice Swan, the horses' owner. "They never gave up, and now they're running around like babies."... Read More

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Veterinarians Begin Testing New Equine Recovery Device

May 20, 2008

A version of a device designed to help brain injured and bariatric human patients to move more freely might also be used to assist down horses recovering from injury and surgeries.

"We were doing applications to support a 1,000-pound... Read More

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Merits of Standing Eye Enucleation Revealed

May 13, 2008

In the first multi-institutional study of its kind, researchers recently reported that eye enucleation (surgical removal of the eye and associated structures) with the horse standing and sedated is safer and more economical than the traditional... Read More

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Chelokee Continues to Improve

May 12, 2008

Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle during the Alysheba Stakes on the Kentucky Oaks undercard May 2 at Churchill Downs continues to improve at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS.... Read More

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Brazilian Olympic Horse Treated at University of Florida

May 10, 2008

After surviving an odyssey of complicated medical problems and difficult surgeries, a Brazilian Olympic dressage horse named Livello has lived to train another day and is recuperating back in his home country, thanks to University of Florida... Read More

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Permanent Tracheostomy Safe and Effective in Select Horses

May 08, 2008

Creating a permanent hole in the windpipe of horses through a tracheostomy might be the treatment of choice.... Read More

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Cataracts in Horses

May 06, 2008

Cataracts have been found to be heritable in Belgians, Morgans, Thoroughbreds, Rocky Mountain Horses, and Quarter Horses. In other instances, cataracts can develop secondary to trauma or due to chronic inflammation from uveitis (moon blindness).... Read More

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Chelokee's Surgery Goes 'Very Well'

May 06, 2008

Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 at Churchill Downs, underwent surgery that "went very well" May 5 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. He added that "everything had... Read More

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Colic and Equine Enteroliths: Rock Bottom

May 02, 2008

Colic, or abdominal pain, is a common ailment in horses. More than 70 causes can trigger colic, including gas distention, food impactions, intestinal tract spasms, and intestinal displacement or twists. One of the more exotic forms is... Read More

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Repairing Hernias with Subcutaneous Mesh

April 29, 2008

Incisional hernias (protrusion of abdominal contents through a gap in an incision beneath the skin) occur in up to 17% of horses receiving abdominal surgery, reported Gal Kelmer, DVM, MS, clinical assistant professor at the University of... Read More

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Feeding Horses During Colic Recovery

April 12, 2008

What's the best way to feed a horse when his GI tract isn't yet quite right after colic or colic surgery?... Read More

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High-Tech Fetlock Joint Fragment Removal

April 08, 2008

VIDEO | Joint chips plague many high-performance horses--up to 29% of Standardbred yearlings and 2% of Thoroughbred yearlings. Often the chips must be removed,... Read More

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Alternate Catheter Site

April 07, 2008

Catheters placed in the jugular vein are commonly used to medicate or give fluids to horses in equine hospitals. One potential complication of catheters is thrombophlebitis, or blood vessel wall inflammation resulting in clot formation. When thi... Read More

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Surgery for Triple-Level Spinal Cord Compression

April 04, 2008

Spinal cord compression in the neck, more technically known as cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy or CVSM, can cause notable incoordination and affects about 2% of racing Thoroughbreds. Probably the most well-known horse affected by CVSM was... Read More

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Intravenous Lidocaine for Controlling Pain and Inflammation

March 23, 2008

Intravenous (IV) lidocaine is one systemic way to manage pain and inflammation, and it also has been used to improve intestinal motility in colic cases. Its use has been a fairly hot topic of late, so Margaret Mudge, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC,... Read More

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Stapling the Gut

March 21, 2008

These days, in many species incisions are often closed with staples rather than stitches--and they're not just for external use any more. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla.,... Read More

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First Aid for Limb Fractures in Horses

March 20, 2008

When a horse's leg is fractured, the primary treatment goal is to stabilize the fracture site so the broken bone ends don't further separate and do more damage. The outcomes of these cases often have a great deal to do with how well the broken... Read More

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Traumatic Brain Injury in Horses

March 15, 2008

"Head trauma is common in horses, and a number of these cases will present with neurologic signs consistent with brain injury," began Darien Feary, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, a lecturer in equine medicine with the University of Sydney,... Read More

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Pain Medications for Horses

March 11, 2008

Managing pain in horses is important for a lot of reasons: There are humane benefits in addition to medical ones, such as maintenance of weight, shorter hospital stays, and lower total patient bills. At the 2007 American Association of Equine... Read More

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Nerve Block Technique Reduces Limb Pain in Horses

March 04, 2008

To find ways to better manage pain in horses, researchers have been studying a technique that involves inserting continuous peripheral nerve block (CPNB) catheters along nerves in the horse's front limb to relieve pain.... Read More

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Off to the Races: Improved Surgery for "Bad Throats" Safe and Effective

February 23, 2008

Thoroughbred racehorses with obstructed respiratory tracts due to inflammation of the arytenoid cartilage or failed tiebacks treated via unilateral partial arytenoidectomy--a surgical technique that resolves the obstruction--are likely to return... Read More

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Gait Analysis During Lameness Rehabilitation

October 26, 2007

At the AAEP Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, 2007, Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University, presented her findings on... Read More

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Tilt Tables Help Horses Recover from Anesthetic

October 20, 2007

To use a tilt table, a horse recovering from anesthesia is restrained to the top of the table--which is generally hydraulic--in lateral recumbency (down and on his side). The table is slowly tilted upright as the horse returns to consciousness... Read More