Prince Dundee, a 6-year-old British Thoroughbred that was diagnosed with a broken leg last June, has won his first steeplechase since returning to racing. The racehorse was diagnosed with a micro-fracture in his front leg through bone scans and an MRI; the injury did not show up on X-rays. To stabilize the break, Prince Dundee underwent a relatively new type of standing surgery to put to screws into his cannon bone at The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Scotland.
The surgery was a resounding success; the horse went back into training just months after the surgery. Trained by Lucinda Russell, he has raced five time so far this year, winning his last race by five lengths.
Because the surgery was completed while Prince Dundee was standing, there were no potential consequences of general anesthesia. Complications that can arise when anesthetizing a horse can include corneal ulceration, aspiration, upper airway obstruction and more.
Dr. Eugenio Cillán-Garcia performed the surgery to prevent the small fracture from worsening and becoming a catastrophic fracture. Cillán-Garcia said that the horse had been slightly lame last year, though nothing could be detected on X-rays. Still concerned that something was amiss, Cillán-Garcia performed a bone scan, which led to the fracture diagnosis and surgery. Read about bone scans, MRIs and CTs here.
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