How to Treat Complications of Castration in the Field

Tim G. Eastman, DVM, MPVM, DACVS

How to treat complications of castration in the fieldCastration remains one of the most commonly performed field surgeries by equine veterinarians. Complication rates vary among studies but remain relatively high with 10% to 28% of horses experiencing some form of complication and continues to be a major source of malpractice suits against equine veterinarians. Even with strict adherence to aseptic principles and prophylactic antibiotics, complications such as edema, seroma, hemorrhage, infection, and eventration are possible. A thorough understanding of how to recognize and manage these complications will oftentimes improve the ultimate outcome. While the preferred surgical approach will vary among individuals and the equipment that they choose, no method is without inherent risks.

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Course objectives:

With the successful completion of this course, you will gain strategies to deal with complications from 

  • excessive edema
  • seroma
  • infections
  • hemorrhage
  • evisceration
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