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Equine Practice
Standing sinus surgery in the horse: indications, techniques and complications
  1. Safia Barakzai

    Safia Barakzai graduated from Bristol in 1998 and spent two years working in mixed practice before working as a locum equine radiographer at Liverpool. From 2000 to 2003, she was the Horserace Betting Levy Board senior clinical training scholar in equine surgery at Edinburgh, where she is now a senior lecturer. She is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and an RCVS registered specialist in equine surgery.

Abstract

TREPHINATION of the equine sinuses is the most commonly indicated and performed type of sinus surgery and can be safely carried out in the standing, sedated patient by clinicians in general equine practice. Standing sinus flap surgery has become increasingly popular in equine referral hospitals in recent years and offers several advantages over the same technique performed under general anaesthesia, including reduced patient-associated risks, reduced costs and less intraoperative haemorrhage. However, appropriate indications for surgery, good patient selection, and familiarity with regional anatomy and surgical techniques are imperative in achieving good results.

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