Large animal wounds

Extensor tendon damage

The extensor tendons recover from complete transection without major issue. These injuries heal quickly with little residual deficits. Splinting the limb for 2-3 days is often all that is required. The damaged tendon does not need suturing. Performance should not be impacted.

Key Takeaways

Extensor tendon injuries mean the horse knuckles for 2-3 days. Splinting helps. After 2-3 days, the problem usually resolves. Good prognosis.

 

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Large Animal Surgery - Supplemental Notes by Erin Malone, DVM, PhD; Elaine Norton, DVM PhD; Erica Dobbs, DVM; and Ashley Ezzo, DVM is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.