GOOD NEWS ABOUT OUT­PA­TIENT JOINT SURGERY

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Many horses who un­dergo arthro­scopic joint surgery can go home the same day with no in­creased risk of com­pli­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study.

Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Illi­nois at Ur­bana–Cham­paign re­viewed the records of 357 horses who un­der­went a to­tal of 366 elec­tive arthro­scopic pro­ce­dures over a seven-year pe­riod at the univer­sity clinic. Roughly half of the horses stayed overnight in the clinic af­ter the surgery, while the rest were sent home the same day.

The re­searchers found no cor­re­la­tion be­tween the hos­pi­tal­iza­tion sta­tus of the horses and their like­li­hood of de­vel­op­ing ban­dage sores, fever, colic, sep­tic arthri­tis, gen­er­al­ized dis­com­fort and other post­op­er­a­tive com­pli­ca­tions.

They con­clude that out­pa­tient elec­tive arthroscopy in healthy horses can be per­formed safely and with­out a higher risk of com­pli­ca­tions.

Ref­er­ence: “Com­par­i­son of com­pli­ca­tion rates fol­low­ing elec­tive arthroscopy per­formed as in­pa­tient ver­sus out­pa­tient surgery in horses,” Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal Association, Au­gust 2018

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