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    Default Muscle Damage After Colic Surgery? Or Pelvic Fracture?

    Anyone have a horse that survived colic surgery, only to be debilitated by muscle damage due to pressure from positioning/length of time on the table?

    I know some horses suffer damage severe enough to end in euthanasia, but I'm wondering about the less drastic effects.

    TIA for any info.
    Last edited by Melissa.Van Doren; Aug. 19, 2011 at 08:46 PM. Reason: adding to topic
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    My mare was on the table 4-5hrs but she is a 6 yo OLD. Lost alot of muscle and tone but so far see no weakness. She just made it to paddock turnout. Keep me posted. WHat do your vets say? Where was the surgery?



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    It took months of chiropractics, acupuncture, aquatred therapy and muscle relaxers to finally get my colic surgery horse back to 100%. The bodywork guy that comes to our barn said he was 'the sorest horse he'd ever seen'.
    "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."



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    Not my horse. Came from a rescue with the colic surgery story attached, as well as severe atrophy, goose-and short-stepping and swinging in of the right hind limb. Trying to help his owner find some answers. (Clinic appointment at the end of the month.)

    Now, after reading volumes, I'm thinking this may all be due to an old pelvic fracture.

    Any experiences with that (and resultant atrophy, etc.) also appreciated.
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    Yup. I wrote the paper on it (literally). Not the pelvic frx, part that is.

    Vet Surg. 1990 Sep-Oct;19(5):392-7.
    Equine post-anesthetic lameness. A retrospective study.
    Richey MT, Holland MS, McGrath CJ, Dodman NH, Marshall DB, Court MH, Norman WM, Seeler DC.
    SourceDepartment of Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Massachusetts.

    Abstract
    The incidence of post-anesthetic lameness in 655 horses undergoing 733 anesthetic episodes over a 3 year period was 6.4%. Nineteen factors previously reported or proposed to play a role in the development of post-anesthetic lameness were evaluated statistically. Only hypotension and the duration of the anesthetic period were significant factors.



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