Improvement of a minimally invasive method to equine cervical articular aspect joints for placement of an ND:YAG LASER.
Can Vet J. 2017 Nov;58(11):1181-1186
Authors: Shearer TR, Kinsley MA, Pease AP, Patterson JS
The aim of this examine was to develop a minimally invasive method to equine cervical articular aspect joints for utility of an ND:YAG LASER and to judge the consequences of the laser fiber on the encircling tissue. Underneath basic anesthesia, an ND:YAG LASER was used to use 2000 J of vitality to five cervical articular aspect joints in three horses (15 joints complete). Horses have been euthanized and the cervical sides and spinal cords have been examined grossly and histologically. Gross pathology of the articular sides revealed proof of articular cartilage charring and diffuse roughening of the floor. Histopathology confirmed coagulative necrosis. This novel approach allowed entry to the cervical articular aspect joints with the ND:YAG LASER and has the potential to permit efficiency of a minimally invasive facilitated ankylosis process. Additional validation in sedated, standing horses is required to ascertain security and efficacy of this system.
PMID: 29089655 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]