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Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2008 Dec;24(3):591-610, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2008.11.001.

Complications of orthopaedic surgery in horses.

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  • 1New Bolton Center School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348-1692, USA.


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.

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