General wound surgery

All sorts of wounds come into the clinic. Some horses will tend to panic when in an unfamiliar situation or surroundings and at times this can lead to self induced severe injury.

Before attending to the obvious wounds, synoviocentesis, ultrasound or radiography may be required to check that there is no involvement of deeper structures. General surgical principles apply to treating these wounds but consideration has to be given to the fact that these are dirty and contaminated. Skin viability needs to be assessed and after cleaning and debridement, decisions are made on what should or should not be sutured and the provision for drainage. Some of these wounds such as over-reach injuries do require general anaesthesia. These injuries are almost always more severe than what first meets the eye.

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