GOOD NEWS ABOUT OUTPATIENT JOINT SURGERY
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