Standing colic surgery may be right for certain horses, JAVMA study finds

03/11/2014 | Horse, The

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a horse with colic was successfully treated with a standing surgical procedure. After two unsuccessful traditional surgeries, a 7-year-old Swiss warmblood gelding underwent a successful hand-and-camera-assisted standing surgery. "The major benefit of standing surgery is being able to explore the top of the abdomen," said veterinarian Thomas Witte, who performed the procedure. While not the best choice for many colic cases, in certain circumstances the approach may be helpful, Dr. Witte said.

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