Arthroscopic Osteochondral Fragment Removal in Horses Quick, Safe
Researchers have good news for owners selling or managing horses with ostoechondral fragments (OCF) in the hock: A recent study has confirmed that arthroscopic osteochondral fragment removal in horses’ tarsocrural joints via arthroscopy is efficient, quick, and has few postoperative complications.
Researchers from Milton Equine Hospital, in Campbellville, Ontario, and the University of California, Davis, evaluated the surgical outcomes when veterinarians used a technique that involves resecting the proximal intertarsal joint capsule to expose fragments while using an endoscope to visualize their work inside the horse’s joint.
This minimally invasive method does not require the surgeon to open the joint with a scalpel to find and remove the chips, which can be associated with a greater likelihood of postoperative complications, said Pablo Espinosa-Mur, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, ECVS, of UC
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