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post #1 of 19 Old 09-13-2014, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Neat -- Stitching up a cut with BUTTONS

So Cimmi cut her leg open the other day leaving a flap of skin dangling. By the time the vet cleaned it up and got rid of the dead skin around, and because it was also on a joint (fetlock) she used buttons to stabilize it and keep the tension down. Bonus: The stitches can't become ingrown.

We had to rewrap it today so I snapped a picture really quick. Silly me didn't think much of it (never had to have a horse stitched up before) but when my coach/BO was helping me rewrap she said it was the weirdest, but coolest thing she has seen in a long time. What are some weird/cool vet tricks you've seen

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post #2 of 19 Old 09-13-2014, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 19 Old 09-13-2014, 04:07 PM
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I have a weird thing about stitches, and I can't make up my mind on whether to be so fascinated by it I want to enlarge the picture and check it out, or faint aha! Definitely one to keep in mind, thanks for sharing!!
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Looks much better then it did pre-stitching, which did make me want to faint a little. Also it looks way more swollen in this picture then it is

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That is really cool - and weird. I think it would have been fascinating to watch the vet do this. Seems to provide a double benefit; allowing stretching of the skin over the joint as it heals, and providing some protection to prevent knocks from tearing it open again.

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That is really cool - and weird. I think it would have been fascinating to watch the vet do this. Seems to provide a double benefit; allowing stretching of the skin over the joint as it heals, and providing some protection to prevent knocks from tearing it open again.

Neat!
Blurgh.

You just made me hit my queasy limit

Going to unsubscribe...but still fascinated!
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Oh man it was, I got to the vets just in time to see them start getting her ready. I wish I had been thinking straight enough to bring my phone and video it.

She could have the stitches taken out on the 19th (10 days) but since leaving them in won't do any harm we're having the vet come out the 23rd after school so I can watch the vet pull them. So excited.
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post #8 of 19 Old 09-13-2014, 06:54 PM
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Okay, so that is cool! And so neat that you can schedule it so you can watch the removal!
Google dog ear hematoma surgery.. they use buttons to hold down on swelling.
I never would have thought you could do this with a horse! :)
Hoping for a quick recovery!
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post #9 of 19 Old 09-13-2014, 08:55 PM
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Wow, never seen anyone use buttons to stitch up wounds. Its weird, but interesting, how does it compare overall to having regular stitches?

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post #10 of 19 Old 09-13-2014, 10:12 PM
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That is interesting, I don't think I've ever heard anyone do that before.

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