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Spine: spinous processes - resection

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Introduction

Uses

Advantages

  • Standing procedure:
    • Risks of general anesthesia eliminated.
    • Reduced hemorrhage.
    • Easier separation of muscular attachments because of good bilateral visibility.

Disadvantages

  • Generally superceded by less invasive approaches.
  • Standing procedure: risk of infection.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Fair for return to full work with conservative treatment.
  • Good following surgery: approximately 70% of horses had an earlier return to full work.
  • Good cosmetic outcome   Spine: dorsal spinous processes - resection 12      Spine: dorsal spinous processes - resection 13  .

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Jacklin B D, Minshall G J & Wright I M (2014) A new technique for subtotal (cranial wedge) ostectomy in the treatment of impinging/overriding spinous processes: Description of technique and outcome of 25 cases. Equine Vet J 46 (3), 339-344 PubMed.
  • Perkins J D et al (2005) Subtotal ostectomy of dorsal spinous processes performed in nine standing horses. Vet Surg 34 (6), 625-629 PubMed.
  • Walmsley J P et al (2002) Impingement of the dorsal spinous processes in two hundred and fifteen horses: case selection, surgical technique and results. Equine Vet J 34 (1), 23-28 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Henson F M D & Kidd J A (2010) Overriding Dorsal Spinous Processes.In:Equine Back Pathology: Diagnosis and Treatment. Ed: Henson F M D. Blackwell Wiley, UK.

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