10-21-2011, 03:46 PM
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I attempted to have cryosurgery (freeze-nerving) done on my gelding twice....and it did not work. I have heard many, many surgical nerving stories, ranging from incredibly positive and optimistic to horrifying and fatal for the horse. This is enough for me to consider the procedure a last-ditch option to buy the horse some quality of life before euthanizing it--NOT as a procedure to salvage a riding/competition horse. Too many risk factors, from neuromas, to regrowth of the nerve, to missing abscesses and fractures while they fester for weeks, to complete ddft rupture and collapse of the limb.