Contributors to Success of Surgical Resolution of Equine Foot Pain

Mar 11, 2015 / In the News

The Horse (March 11) – Santiago Gutierrez-Nibeyro, DVM, MS, DACVS, an equine surgeon at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in Urbana, recently took a closer look at what might cause a poor outcome following a palmar or plantar digital neurectomy (PDN), which involves surgically cutting the nerve in the low pastern area to address chronic foot pain. He found that horses that also suffered from deep digital flexor tendon lesions were more likely to have lameness recur after this procedure and patients should be screened for these lesions before this procedure is recommended.