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07-06-2008, 10:58 AM
My 5yr.old gelding had colic surgery in March. He has been on complete rest and turned out the last two months in a pasture. He has developed two very small hernias on his suture line. The vet doesn't think this should be a problem and he might be able to just live with it. Or at some point he might want to do repair surgery. But doesn't think that is best done right now.He has no pain and nothing protruding from it.One hernia is 1cm and the other very close to it is 2cm. Has anyone on the list experienced this problem and what was done??? This guy is/will only be a pleasure riding/driving horse to use around my farm.
07-06-2008, 12:16 PM
My gelding had colic surgery almost 9 years ago now. He developed an infection on his incison line and even with treatment and wearing a belly band, developed a hernia. From what you are describing my gelding's hernia is much larger than your horse's. I had his hernia repaired about a year later but it is still very visable. He is now retired but I showed him (and won) for many years after the repair surgery. I would get an evaluation from an equine surgeon and see if the hernia needs to be repaired. I know they usually like to wait several months after the initial surgery to do the repair. Hope this helps!
07-06-2008, 04:24 PM
Thanks for the info. We are going to talk to the surgeon at LSU vet school(they did the surgery)to see what he wants to do.
But because it is a weekend,I won't know anything until Monday. Just wanted to see if anyone out there had the same experience. Always nice to compare notes. Thanks.
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