Femoral head ostectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the head and neck of the femoral bone. This procedure is performed in order to alleviate the pain of there is no other option.
One of these procedures was performed at the University of Florida, where a miniature horse named Rico arrived with a dislocated hip after he was found down in a field.
The surgery was performed by Dr. Taralyn McCarrel, DVM, an assistant professor in the equine surgery department at the University of Florida. The team of specialists says that they can not be sure the origin of the injury but the say it was definitely a trauma of some kind.
Dr. McCarrel researched in both small animal literature and equine surgery to decide on how to perform the surgery. The most important thing was that the horse had good body mass so the surgery can have a positive outcome.
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