Outpatient Arthroscopy for Horses Has Low Complication Rate
Outpatient surgeries are common in human medicine. Cataract surgery, small joint repairs, and carpal tunnel treatment are just a few of the procedures that generally no longer require an overnight stay. In equine medicine, however, outpatient surgeries aren’t as common. There’s been little safety data available on performing procedures, such as arthroscopy—a minimally invasive procedure in which a vet examines and, if needed, treats joint damage using a small endoscope—on an outpatient basis. But, new study results on outpatient arthroscopy for horses are helping fill that void.
Erica Secor, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, currently a surgeon at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital, in Oconomowoc, and colleagues recently confirmed that outpatient elective arthroscopy can be performed safely without a higher risk of complications than inpatient procedures.
“The original goal of the study and most important takeaway was that performing elective arthroscopic surgery on an outpatient basis did not result in an increased risk of complications,” she
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