Laser facilitated ankylosis of the pastern join
Halpert, Kimberly J.
A healthy Thoroughbred gelding presented for lameness. Clinical Findings: 4/5 forelimb lameness and evidence of pastern joint osteoarthritis. Treatment: In this horse, the pastern joint was ankylosed under general anesthesia using a diode laser at 1000-4200J inserted into five 20G needles at various angles within the joint. Lameness was evaluated pre and post surgery, as were radiographs. No gross or histologic examinations were performed. Outcome: Horse was sounds post surgery, follow up radiographs are yet to be taken. Conclusions and Clinical Relevance: Laser facilitated ankylosis appeared to be a cost effective and efficacious method of managing chronic forelimb osteoarthritis of the pastern joint. The recovery was rapid and there was no post surgical lameness.
Senior seminar paperSeminar SF610.1 2007 H36
Horses -- Diseases -- Treatment -- Case studies; Horses -- Surgery -- Case studies