Fetlock Bone Chip Surgery- please comfort me!
I bought a horse back in late June. His pre-purchase exam was great, EXCEPT that x-rays revealed a small bone chip in the front of his fetlock joint over P1. My vet discussed the implications- it wasn't making him lame on flexions and didn't seem to bug him, but that it could become a problem if he goes on to have an upper level eventing career like I envision for him. We made the decision then, and she reaffirmed my decision today, that surgery would be the best choice for his long-term soundness. I've had some issues clicking with this horse, but if I do end up keeping him according to plan, I'll be owning him for the rest of his life. It may not be causing any problems right now, but I'd like to save on future joint injections, Adequan, and joint damage associated with not removing the chip. My vet describes it as a simple arthroscopic surgery with a relatively easy rehab. Both my vet and the surgery center that I scheduled it with said 2 weeks pure stall rest, 2 weeks hand walking, 1 month small turnout/tack walking if sane, and 1 month legging up.
This past weekend I heard a horror story about a horse with this same issue who was sound as could be before the surgery and never right afterwards. And then I googled something along the lines of "fetlock bone chip surgery" and read scary things (although a lot of this seemed associated with sequestration or fractures and was not arthroscopic surgery). And now I'm wondering- am I doing the right thing? My vet made the surgery and rehab sound like a walk in the park (although like a good professional, she did say there's a risk any time a horse goes in for surgery), but I've been putting the surgery off for some reason or another, and I know part of it is because I'm terrified. I made the appointment for Monday and am kind of freaking out... so can anyone who's been through this make me feel better? Stories of rehabs not gone wrong, sound horses post-surgery, etc. would be greatly appreciated!