Study: Most Horses Go Back to Work After Colic Surgery
To that end, Isa Immonen, DVM, and colleagues at the University of Helsinki, in Finland, recently studied the long-term prognosis and subsequent long-term use and complications of horses that survived colic surgery. The team reviewed the cases of 236 horses of different breeds and disciplines that had undergone surgery four to eight years ago.
Overall, Immonen found that survival and return to work rates among the general population of horses was consistent with similar previous studies. Most of the horses (82.6%; 195/236) recovered from anesthesia, and 74.9% (146/195) were discharged from the clinic. The team collected full follow-up data on 92.5% (135/146) of the discharged horses. Of those, the majority (83.7%, 113/135) returned to work in their previous or intended discipline and 78.5% (106/135) performed at their former or a higher level.
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