Davos Courses

Executive Editor: Jörg Auer

Authors: Jeffrey Watkins

Phalanges Middle phalanx, Degenerative joint disease (DJD), Plate fixation/transarticular lag screws

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Glossary

Aftercare

The horse is placed in a half-limb cast for 2 weeks post surgery. That cast is removed with the horse standing and sedated and replaced by a bandage.
The horse is confined in the stall for 3 months. In the second 6 weeks a progressive program of hand-walking exercise is introduced.
Clinical and radiographic follow-up is performed at 3 months post surgery. If complications such as excessive lameness or implant-associated complications are not evident, the horse is allowed increasing amounts of paddock exercise.
Lameness should dissipate by 6-8 months postoperatively to a level consistent with reintroduction to intended use.

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