Treatment of recurrent laryngeal neuropathy by prosthetic laryngoplasty
The Equine Surgery Service is pleased to offer our clientele a novel surgical approach for the treatment of recurrent laryngeal neuropathy: prosthetic laryngoplasty.Recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (laryngeal hemiplegia) is a disease affecting the horse’s upper airways. This disease usually affects larger horses. In the larynx, a nerve dysfunction leads to muscle wasting and the inability of the larynx to function properly. The condition usually affects the left side. The inadequately open larynx causes a whistling or roaring sound as the horse tries to breathe. Exercise intolerance may also be caused by an obstructed larynx.
Diagnosis is achieved by endoscopic examination of the upper airways at rest or during exercise (a small camera is inserted through the horse’s nose).
Besides being less expensive for the client, a standing procedure also allows us to eliminate risks associated with equine general anesthesia. The entire day is dedicated to the procedure. Local and systemic antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs are given for several days following surgery.
This procedure is now available at the Equine Surgery Service; we strive to offer our clientele the best, cutting-edge services.