Top Surgery Studies of 2016

Dr. Elizabeth Santschi recaps studies on fracture recovery, joint injections, sarcoid treatments, and more.

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One of the most popular sessions at each American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) convention is the Kester News Hour, which features three renowned veterinarians sharing their picks for the top studies of the previous year in three research areas: equine medicine, reproduction, and surgery.

This year, Elizabeth Santschi, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, a professor of equine surgery at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Manhattan, shared her top take-home messages for equine surgery-related studies of 2016 during the AAEP convention, held Dec. 4-7 in Orlando, Florida.

Radial Fracture Outcomes

Researchers behind the first study Santschi described sought to determine survival-to-discharge rates for horses with radial fractures and examine risk factors affecting survival to discharge in conservatively and surgically managed fractures. The radius is the large leg bone located above the horse’s knee (or carpal joint).

The team included 54 horses in the retrospective study, 13 of which were euthanized at admission due to fracture severity or owner financial constraints. Of the remaining 41 horses, 14 had incomplete fractures and were managed conservatively with Robert-Jones bandages and splints; 12 survived to discharge. The other 27 horses had complete fractures that were repaired surgically; 15 of those horses survived to discharge

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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