Equine Lameness

Nerve block challenge questions

  1. What sort of anesthetic agent would you use to perform a lameness examination and why?

(Typically we use lidocaine, mepivicaine, or bupivicaine as local anesthetics but in different situations.)

  1. How would you block out the entire foot?
  2. How would you block out the fetlock ? Give 2 options.
  3. How would you block the suspensory ligament?
  4. How would you evaluate a horse for bone spavin?
  5. How could you block the tibiotarsal joint? Give 2 options.
  6. There are 3 joint pouches in the stifle. Do you need to block all three separately? What about the 3 joints of the carpus? The hock?
  7. Are there any complications related to local anesthestic procedures?
  8. How long will the anesthetic last (eg if you want to do a different block, how long will you have to wait)?

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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.