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  1. #1
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    Default cunean tenectomy as preventative

    I'm trying to do some research on bone spurs and ways to manage it. The main concensus seems to be injections, however I did come accross this proceedure, a Cunean Tenectomy where they snip the ligament that travels accross the front of the hock where the spur is.

    I've read tons of success stories and everything I've read says the earlier the better.

    I have a 3 yr old with a moderate bone spur in his left hock and a mild one in his right, he is sound but I would like to prevent the chances of there being any issues as a result of this spur. I would also like to one day get him sold, and hit a bit of a road block because of these spurs. This gelding is a very fancy hunter propect and I refuse to think that nothing more than wait can be done with him.

    I'm looking for feedback from those who may have had success using this proceedure for more preventative measures. For a proceedure that has been around for quite a while and seems to have had tons of success i'm amazed at the lack of talk about it up where I live.

    Also has anyone tried shockwave therapy on it, and what were your results.

    Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.



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    thought I would give this a bump... anyone??



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    I haven't seen it done personally, but I did a lot of looking into it in case it was an option for my mare. (Search "cunean tenectomy" here on COTH) Sounds like a great procedure, and that it works very well.

    I think the success rate really depends on who does it. You need to actually remove an small section of the tendon, versus just cutting it. Also, you should have all the scar tissue scraped off the whole area. You can start by looking it up here, and you will get tons of information about it. Not many vets know about it, so make sure whoever you ask, knows what you are talking about.
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    I've had it done to a few horses over the years although when it was still a common procedure, it was tenotomy because they only cut the tendon in two places rather than remove a section and even now is often more well known by the common horseman's term of cutting the jack cords. The cunean tendon lies across the first area of the hock to fuse and the roughening of the bone causes pain in the tendon and cutting the tendon really helped with the pain. The tendon was cut, bone scraped, and a few days of light work and that was that. The key to sucess was continuing work to keep the joint working and fusing. Generally, by the time fusion was complete the tendon reconnected. I dont know of many vets that even do the procedure anymore
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    I have seen it done and it worked terrific. If there really is a spur, I would do it.
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    yes there is actually a bone spur one in both hocks. I got most of my information from this site already, hense where the question came from in the first place, but everyone who has tried it from what I could read was using after problems had arisen, I was hoping that someone may have used it as preventative and could make a comment. Problem for me is I have to wait until he's older, and then I have to find a vet in my area who would actually do the proceedure and do it using the new proceedure.



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    I did it with my mare, we were already having problems to the point of her being unridable she was so violently dangerous from pain. You need to find a vet who is familiar with the procedure, have them look at the x-rays and tell you if it would be a good preventitave meassure. I know there are people on COTH who will say bad things about Dr.Riddle in MD, but I truly do believe if it weren't for him suggesting the surgery my mare would have been put down instead of getting ready for 4th level.
    The surgery removed a section of the tendon, if I remember correctly she was on stall rest for 6 weeks then handwalk for 6 weeks while having turnout in a small round pen. We then started back to work very slowly trotting the long sides walking the short sides for a few weeks. She had the surgery then end of August and by mid March she was back in full work.
    Good luck



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