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Standing Colic Surgery!






I stumbled upon a video of a Standing Colic Surgery.

Huh?

I had never heard of that.

Standing colic surgery had to be less expensive than knocked out and on a table surgery… and it had to be less invasive as well as more tolerable and easier to recover.

If standing colic surgery was a good idea and available, why aren’t more surgeons using it?

For me, if standing colic surgery was an option, more horses would be saved in the field… …Ultrasound to find the mass, numb the horse, hold on and dig in with a wing and a prayer because most of the time, that is all you’ve got with colic.

A HUNCH A WING AND A PRAYER VIDEO OF STANDING COLIC SURGERY

This is the (what I’ve called) the “A hunch a wing and a prayer” video of standing colic surgery that I stumbled upon earlier today – which made me think about this topic.

What I loved about it was the Cowboy “Get in there and get it done” mentality.

What I didn’t like was that it seemed thrown together and not well thought out.

But, it worked!  And, the horse survived.

Note for those of you who don’t watch the video – the vet stuck her hands in there and massaged the mass away.  She opened the horse, stuck her whole hand in there, found the culprit and squeezed it until it broke apart and headed down stream.

I was amazed and cheering!

You, go, gurl!  If my horse had a horrible mass that wouldn’t move and my vet decided to cut her open then and there to make the bad thing go away – Yahoo!  The less time suffering, the less time recovering.

Warning:  If you are not good at watching surgery, don’t look at this.  However, it isn’t very gory…  But, there is blood.

Click image to watch the standing colic surgery.

Click image to watch the standing colic surgery.

THE PROS

–The horse is standing… You don’t have to worry about injury during the wake-up period.

–Faster recovery after surgery, could go home sooner.

–Should be less expensive than table surgery

–Could work in the field.

–Could work in an Emergency when you only have a hunch a wing and a prayer.

THE CONS

Well, I didn’t find too many articles to research this… but the one I did find was not too keen on standing colic surgery for a few reasons:

–When a horse is on a tilted table, all of his organs slide away from the incision point.

–During a table surgery, the horse is asleep and the team bloats his abdomen so the incision points are easily created – like cutting into a melon instead of soft, pliable tissue.

–The muscles of the abdomen are difficult to stitch closed.  Having a smaller incision is good.

–When the horse is on the table, surgeons can look around for the mass – if they hadn’t been able to pinpoint it earlier.

AN ARTICLE ABOUT LAPAROSCOPIC STANDING COLIC SURGERY

In this article, the DRs speak about using a laparoscopy tool for standing colic surgery.

Hmmmm.  I’m sure is better than using one’s hand and stitching with a hook and thread (like in the above video).

But, it took 4 hours!

As you could see by the video – cutting, inserting hand, massaging mass and sewing – took about 8 minutes.  Give or take.

Here is the article:

Click image to go to the original article.

Click image to go to the original article.

 

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A FEW MORE SIGNED ‘HEALING SHINE’ BOOKS AVAILABLE and I NEED A ‘HOTLINE FOR CARETAKERS OF HORSES WITH CHRONIC ILLNESSES’ – what do you think? Would it work?






Yay!

Due to a miscommunication between myself and Michael Johnson, I have (luckily) been sent three extra signed HEALING SHINE books!

Of course, I told Michael of the error and he graciously told me to ‘SELL ‘EM’ for the Bucket Fund.

So… yay!

I know that many of you wanted this fabulous book… so here is another chance.  There are 3 available.  If the link takes you to the Bucket Fund page, that means that these 3 books are gone.

However, if they are all sold out, you can always purchase your own copy at Michael’s website.

SOLD OUT!

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Click image to purchase the signed book. 100% of purchase price will go to the December Bucket Fund!

 I  NEED A HOTLINE FOR CARETAKERS OF CHRONICALLY ILL HORSES.

I’m guessing that many of you know what it is like to take care of a chronically ill person or horse.

I have great empathy for your plight.

Taking care of a sick person/beloved pet is very stressful.  Ups and Downs.  Highs and Lows.

For me, I have a good day if Tess is having a good day.

But then again, I always pretend I’m having a good day – for her sake.  Sometimes that is the most difficult thing…

Daily, I tell her how beautiful she is and how strong she is and how she has the ability to heal herself – even if I am not believing it.

Sometimes I have to go back into the house and give myself a pep talk.

TODAY, I LOST IT.

Tess keeps me strong.  She is such a trooper.  Every day, she keeps on fighting.

But, yesterday, after 5 rounds of maggots, she was fatigued.

She didn’t want me to touch her foot.  She was pissy and unhappy and had pinny ears.

OK…  I can deal with a bad day…

But, when I went to the barn this morning, she was still down.  I approached her and she had that same expression.

My heart sunk.

Is this the day she quits?  I could feel my emotions welling inside me.

I kept telling myself that people who are ill have bad days and they sometimes treat their caretakers very badly.

She was treating me badly.

I wasn’t sure what to do.   I felt helpless and fearful.

I had to get a handle on my emotions.

I FELL APART IN HUBBY’S ARMS

The pain, frustration and hours of fear that had been building up over these past months came cascading out of me.

I fell into a heap in Hubby’s arms.

I cried.  A lot.  Sobbed.

And then I became angry.

I did not want my emotional breakdown to mean that we were defeated.

I didn’t want my doubt and fear to hurt her chances.  I didn’t want my emotion to seep into her ability to believe she was going to get better.

I had to change my attitude.  I had to do everything I could to turn this around.

OPEN THE CHATLINE TO THE HORSEGODS, PLEASE.

I marched to the barn and sat down next to her.

Through sobs, I begged the Horsegods to call in a favor.

I begged and demanded that they listen to me.

I looked at my girl, straight in her big eyes, and I told her that I was not going to let her die of this.  She could go, and she could even go soon if she wanted, but not because of this founder.

I bargained with the Horsegods and offered up anything they wanted in exchange for a miracle.

I put my hands on her hoof.

…Part of me felt ridiculous and another part of me felt empowered…

I did my best to channel gold and white flying colors – picturing the crystal clean white sparkly shine of uninfected bone.   I wrapped her coffin bone in gold ribbons and used every trick I have ever learned to engulf her foot in healing energy.

Mama Tess fixed her eyes on me the entire time.

And then I had a heart to heart with her.

I reminded her of all the promises I had made to her throughout her life.   I had kept my end of the bargain.  Now, I needed her to fight through this and recover so that other horses could benefit from what we have learned.  Please my girl, please.

I kissed her and told her that she was beautiful and strong.

There.

I had begged, bargained, demanded and pleaded my case.  I called upon the Horsegods to step in and help.  I used my body as a conduit and then I told her that we had to do this – together.

And then I left the barn.

Somehow, the Horsegods Hotline made me feel better.

A FEW HOURS LATER…

A few hours later, I went back into the barn.   MT had been up and had wandered all around the barn, eating the food I had spread out for her.

When I went back to feed her dinner, she was also up and waiting.

At 8pm, I administered her meds.  She was bright and got up when she saw me.

I’m not saying she is healed, but perhaps both of our souls had some healing this evening.

I dunno, but I am holding onto the power of Horsegods.

Please, horsegods, please.

me and tess

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DECEMBER BUCKET FUND HORSES!  CLICK IMAGE!  Look at this sweet, old pony who was dumped by his family after working for many years... Abandoned and starved after giving his entire life.

DECEMBER BUCKET FUND HORSES! CLICK IMAGE! Look at this sweet, old pony who was dumped by his family after working for many years… Abandoned and starved after giving his entire life.

Mollie is newly rescued at the same wonderful facility (BHFER) as Betsy Rose.  She is far from safe but she is up!  Click image to go to the Bucket Fund!

Mollie is newly rescued at the same wonderful facility (BHFER) as Betsy Rose. She is far from safe but she is up! Click image to go to the Bucket Fund!

 

 


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