4yo qh severed tendon in back leg, how do i make a splint? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum

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post #11 of 15 Old 07-29-2012, 10:19 PM
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My mare severed the tendons (2 of them - 1 80%, the other 100%) in her back leg, we took her to the equine hospitial for emergency surgery. She was put in a cast that looked very much like a people cast, it was the same material actually. The leg had so much drainage that they ended up cutting the cast in half and wrapping her leg. It was a gauze pad held on by k-flex wrap then the cast was put into place and wrapped with a sticky ace bandage material. We changed it daily.

The other leg had a severed artery that had been sewn up. That leg we kept in a standing wrap to help carry the extra weight. It also helped to prevent laminitis in the good leg. We changed that every other day.

She was kept in a stall for about 6 weeks. Hand walked for five minutes a day after like 2 weeks and then gradually increased to 30 minutes (15 am and 15 pm).

The biggest potential issues that were laid out for me were infection and gang green. She was only given a 70% chance of making it with no promise of ever being sound.

There was also the possibility that she would heal but have string halt.

She survived. She healed. She is serviceably sound. She has a mechanical lameness which means that she limps but not from pain but from loss of flexibility.

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My mare severed the tendons (2 of them - 1 80%, the other 100%) in her back leg, we took her to the equine hospitial for emergency surgery. She was put in a cast that looked very much like a people cast, it was the same material actually. The leg had so much drainage that they ended up cutting the cast in half and wrapping her leg. It was a gauze pad held on by k-flex wrap then the cast was put into place and wrapped with a sticky ace bandage material. We changed it daily.

The other leg had a severed artery that had been sewn up. That leg we kept in a standing wrap to help carry the extra weight. It also helped to prevent laminitis in the good leg. We changed that every other day.

She was kept in a stall for about 6 weeks. Hand walked for five minutes a day after like 2 weeks and then gradually increased to 30 minutes (15 am and 15 pm).

The biggest potential issues that were laid out for me were infection and gang green. She was only given a 70% chance of making it with no promise of ever being sound.

There was also the possibility that she would heal but have string halt.

She survived. She healed. She is serviceably sound. She has a mechanical lameness which means that she limps but not from pain but from loss of flexibility.

You have a long rode ahead of you but it will be worth it.
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You have me some hope. I don't think I have ever cried this much in my life as I have today.. Yeah the cast is very much like people cast. She has some gashes in her front leg on the same side wich is wrapped up good too. Il change that every other day. The very left me some of that topical antibiotic liquid too. I'll go get everything else from big R tomorrow. I'm just worriedshe can't put weight on the back one and the front one is hurting her I'm sure. Joe thought a splint would help her even out some of her weight.
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It's pretty awful when you see them get hurt and you can't magically heal them immediately. Beauty spent several days at the hospital so I don't know how well she got around directly after the surgery. I do remember when "it" happened she would take a step and that back fetlock would touch the ground because there was nothing to keep it where it was supposed to be.

It seems like she did do quite a bit of laying around though.

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Here is a link to an article about it. Flexor tendon injuries begin on page 3.
http://www.dragpharma.cl/pdfs/apuntes3.pdf

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