Complications of Orthopaedic Surgery in Horses

Authors: 
Dean W. Richardson DVM
Volume: 
24
Number: 
3
Pages: 
591-610
Journal: 
Veterinary Clinics of North America: Equine Practice
Date: 
December 2008

Complications are a price all surgeons eventually pay. Experience and increasing skill will decrease many of them but certainly not all. The most important thing is for the surgeon to react correctly to a complication. Acknowledge the mistake (or bad luck) quickly and take whatever steps you can to correct the problem. Because so many equine orthopaedic cases have the potential for complications, recognizing and responding properly to these complications are imperative for successful outcomes. Discussion of the most common complications, their prevention and corrections, is presented.

Large animal: