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OkieC
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Username: okiedoki

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Posted on Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011 - 8:24 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My horse is recovering from orthoscopic (sp)surgery on the point of his hock where an infected bone chip was removed. I have heard mixed opinions that icing is better than cold hosing and visa versa. Wondering if one is truely better than the other for treating swelling.
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011 - 12:51 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

When my mate had knee surgery I was told to ice initially, then once wound was closed over to cold hose. Coincidently, I'd had knee surgery and had one of this machines that pump ice water through a wrap which I rigged to put over the mare's knee. It worked great.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Posted on Tuesday, Aug 2, 2011 - 7:48 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Welcome OkieC,
It all depends on the nature of the swelling, what your are trying to achieve, and the technique you use. Since we do not know the specifics of these three aspects the best advice we can give you would be to ask your surgeon specifically what they recommend. For more information on diagnosing and treatment of swelling see HorseAdvice.com » Diseases of Horses » Skin Diseases, Wounds, and Swellings » Swellings / Localized Infection / Abscesses » Diagnosing and Assessing Swellings in Horses.
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