In addition to the clinics noted some horses had surgery at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Transpalpebral Eye Enucleation in 40 Standing Horses
Article first published online: 3 APR 2008
© Copyright 2008 by The American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 306–309, April 2008
How to Cite
POLLOCK, P. J., RUSSELL, T., HUGHES, T. K., ARCHER, M. R. and PERKINS, J. D. (2008), Transpalpebral Eye Enucleation in 40 Standing Horses. Veterinary Surgery, 37: 306–309. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2008.00382.x
Presented in part at the British Equine Veterinary Association Annual Symposium, Edinburgh, Scotland 13–15th September 2007.
- Issue published online: 3 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 3 APR 2008
- Submitted October 2007; Accepted January 2008
Objective— To report a technique for eye enucleation in standing sedated horses and to report outcome in 40 horses.
Study Design— Retrospective study.
Animals— Horses (n=40) requiring eye enucleation.
Methods— The eye was enucleated using a transpalpebral technique in 40 horses restrained in stocks and sedated. Anesthesia of orbital structures was provided by local nerve blocks and infiltration of the surgical site with local anesthetic solution.
Results— Affected eyes were successfully enucleated with the horse standing. Short-term complications included moderate swelling (5 horses) and wound discharge (1). Long-term complications were not observed.
Conclusions— A diseased eye can be safely enucleated with a horse standing.
Clinical Relevance— Enucleating an equine eye in the standing position eliminates the risks and costs of general anesthesia.